Turkish strikes kill 11 civilians in the Syrian-Kurdish region Afrin
The Kurdish Red Crescent Heyva Sor a Kurd reached during search efforts in ruins by Turkish air strikes in the village Cilber in the Kurdish Afrin district Sherawa, Syrian-Kurdistan (Rojava) on January 21, 2018 another 4 people. Photo: ANF
Turkish air strikes killed eleven civilians, including eight members of the same family who fled Sunday in the Kurdish region of Afrin in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), northern Syria, a war observer said.
The reported strikes occurred on the second day of the Operation Olive Branch, when Turkish tanks and troops invaded Syrian Kurdistan during an offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
Ankara, which still denies the constitutional existence of its own Kurds of 22.5 million.
The UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory said the dead, including five children, were killed in air raids on the village of Jalbara. There used to be a death toll of eight.
Observatory Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that eight of those killed were members of a family who had fled the fighting in the northwestern province of Idlib.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Kurdish forces controlling the Afrin area had also reported the raids.
In pictures sent by Hasaka to AFP, saviors of the Kurdish Red Crescent could be seen bringing bloody bodies back from a collapsed concrete structure and laying them on orange rugs.
On Saturday, Hasaka told AFP that the Turkish bombing killed ten people, including seven civilians.