Syria: Eight Civilians Among 15 Dead In Turkish Operation

Civilians flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern city of Ras al-Ain within the Hasakeh province alongside the Turkish border on October 9, 2019.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Turkish bombardment on Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria killed at the very least 15 people on Wednesday, eight of them civilians, a monitoring group stated in an up to date toll.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated at the very least two of the civilian victims have been killed in artillery strikes on town of Qamishli.

Turkey launched its threatened offensive hours earlier, with a restricted variety of air strikes and largely artillery fireplace throughout a lot of the width of its lengthy border with Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria.

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The Britain-based Observatory, which has an enormous community of sources throughout Syria, stated greater than 40 people had additionally been wounded within the early section of the assault.

The Kurds, whose fundamental militia is taken into account a terrorist organisation by Ankara, have vowed to withstand any floor offensive and known as on the inhabitants to mobilise.

The flat and open terrain favours Turkey’s vastly superior army nonetheless and the Kurdish forces have restricted means to withstand with out the help of their US allies.

The offensive, which was extensively condemned, comes three days after US President Donald Trump introduced a US troop pullback from the border, successfully green-lighting a Turkish invasion.




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