Kurdish YPG says Turkey shelling Afrin heavily

Above, a Turkish military convoy arrives at an army base in the border town of Reyhanli near the Turkish-Syrian border. (Reuters)
Updated 19 January 2018
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Kurdish YPG says Turkey shelling Afrin heavily

BEIRUT: The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish forces had fired around 70 shells at Kurdish villages in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria in a bombardment from Turkish territory that began around midnight and continued into Friday morning.
Rojhat Roj, a YPG spokesman in Afrin, said it marked the heaviest Turkish bombardment since the Turkish government stepped up threats to take military action against the Kurdish region. Roj, speaking from Afrin, said the YPG would respond with utmost force to any attack on Afrin.


Russian air strike kills 16 civilians in northwest Syria

Updated 46 min 51 sec ago
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Russian air strike kills 16 civilians in northwest Syria

  • At least 35 other people were wounded in the raid that hit “a wholesale vegetable market in the town of Maaret Al-Numan”
  • The rebel-held northwest Syria has been the target of months of regime and Russian bombardment

BEIRUT: A Russian air strike on a market in northwest Syria killed 16 civilians on Monday, a monitor said, in the latest violence to plague the country’s last major opposition bastion.
At least 35 other people were wounded in the raid that hit “a wholesale vegetable market in the town of Maaret Al-Numan,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.