Syria: at least 21 civilians killed in bombing raids in north of country

Syria: at least 21 civilians killed in bombing raids in north of country

In this region, the Kurdish-dominated and regime-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) face the Turks and their local supporters.

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Posted on 8/19/2022 6:07 PM Updated on 8/19/2022 8:27 PM

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At least 21 civilians have died in northern Syria since Thursday, according to a new report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) on Friday, August 19. In this part of the country, the Kurdish-dominated and regime-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) face the Turks and their local auxiliaries.

These victims were killed in two separate events. In Al-Bab, under the control of Syrian factions loyal to Ankara northeast of Aleppo, “artillery fire from pro-regime forces at a market killed 17 civilians, including six children, and wounded 35,” the NGO official said. SDF spokesman Farhad Shami said his troops had “nothing to do” with the strike.

In Hassak√© in the northeast of the country, an area controlled by the SDF, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration announced on Friday that a Turkish strike had “killed four children and injured 11 others” by “falling on a closed center for minors during the night be”. “. The OSDH confirmed this assessment.

Turkey has been threatening a major offensive against Kurdish forces, which control most of northeastern Syria, since May. Since July, Turkish drones have increasingly struck areas controlled by the SDF, which Ankara has classified as “terrorist,” according to the OSDH and Kurdish officials.