Turkish airstrikes resume on Kurdish enclave, 2 civilians killed





Istanbul/Beirut – Turkish airstrikes on the north-western Syrian-Kurdish enclave Afrin have killed two civilians, a monitoring group said Friday, as Turkey resumed aerial attacks following a hiatus of several days.



 
An elderly man and a woman were killed, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that several people were also injured. Turkey denies that it kills civilians as part of its ongoing operations.
The Turkish military announced strikes against 19 targets in Afrin overnight to Friday, as the Turkish offensive closes its third week. Turkey considers the dominant Kurdish party in Afrin to be a terrorist organization.
"The airstrikes of the Turkish occupation has not stopped since last night, they are striking everywhere even the centre of the city of Afrin," Suleiman Jafaar, a member of the local Kurdish council told dpa.
The pro-Kurdish Firat news agency published videos alleging some of the strikes hit residential areas.
The Observatory said that since the Turkish operation started in Afrin some 70 civilians have been killed, among 21 children.
Turkish airstrikes stopped early this week, though an exact explanation was not given.
However, over the weekend, a Russian pilot was killed when Syrian rebels downed his plane. A wave of Russian and Syrian government airstrikes against rebel-held areas followed.
According to UN estimates, some 30,000 have been displaced from Afrin region since the Turkish operation started on January 20.
The US on Thursday announced its warplanes struck Syrian government forces in the far east, saying the Syrian forces attacked Washington's Kurdish allies. Dozens were reportedly killed

Friday, February 9th 2018
By Shabtai Gold and Weedah Hamzah,
           


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