Syrian hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 dead – –

Syrian hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 dead – –

At least 13 people were killed and several injured in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin, local medical sources and the Turkish government said.

The first attack hit a residential area, while the second hit a hospital soon after, civil defense sources said. Video footage on social media showed victims amid the ruins of Al Shifa hospital.

Ankara condemned the missile attack allegedly launched by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, although the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed militia force led by the Kurdish YPG, said that she was not responsible.

Turkey’s Defense Ministry, which has a strong military presence in the Syrian region, also put the death toll at 13 and said 27 were injured.

The governor’s office in Turkey’s Hatay province, on the border of Afrin, said it was investigating the incident in which missiles were fired from the Syrian government-controlled Tel Rifat area.

Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) within its own borders and has organized incursions into Syria to support the Syrian rebels in order to push them back from the Turkish border.

Ankara now has thousands of troops in the last rebel enclave in Syria.


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