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More than 220 civilians killed as Syria continues air strikes

More than 220 civilians killed as Syria continues air strikes

"The Syrian regime is helping the Kurds with humanitarian support and some logistics, like turning a blind eye and allowing Kurdish support to reach some fronts", said the commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Civil Defense units, also known as the White Helmets, were dispatched to the scene for search and rescue as the death toll was feared to increase.

Bombing raids resumed on several Eastern Ghouta towns on Friday morning after a few hours of calm.

Western powers have expressed alarm over the government's campaign against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been besieged since 2013.

"They are even afraid of our martyrs", he said, reminding of Turkish-backed rebels' mutilation of the body of a female Kurdish fighter killed in clashes.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes targeted the town of Afrin and its outskirts, killing two people and wounding others. "There must be an immediate halt to the fighting and an end to the siege", said Save the Children's Syria response director, Sonia Khush.

"Children and teachers are terrified that at any moment they could be hit".




"The frustration is two-fold".

At least seven Turkish servicemen were killed on Saturday during the operation in Syria's northern district of Afrin, the Turkish General Staff said. The battlefield is shifting as demonstrated by a deadly barrage of American air and artillery strikes on a shadowy attacker.

Ankara regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has waged a three-decade insurgency on neighbouring Turkish soil.

Turkey's state news agency, Anadolu, originally said the attack happened in Turkey's southern Hatay province, which borders Afrin to the west, a region that's become the focus of Turkey's latest military excursion into Syria.

Turkish forces claim that hundreds of Kurdish militia fighters have been "neutralized" in a series of military sorties, while militias such as the the YPG had before Saturday claimed more than a dozen Turkish casualties.

The YPG also tried to portray itself as victorious on the battlefield, publishing dozens of recordings of its forces successfully targeting military vehicles of the Turkish forces and its allies.


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