The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Hours after Ankara’s announce of Operation “Olive Branch”, 6 civilian casualties including 1 child due to the Turkish airstrikes on Afrin and its countryside, Turkey bring more military reinforcements amid continued aerial and missile shelling on the area

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 6 citizens including a child under the age of 8, because of the aerial bombardment by the Turkish warplanes, which targeted today areas in Afrin city and other areas in Ayn Daqneh, Biloniyya, Aqbiya, Kerdu, Shikhorzah, Azzawiyyah, Haj Hasna, Kafryeh, Hajika, Blilka and other areas in the Township of Raju, Jendires, Shirawa, and in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation.

In the same context, the Turkish missile shelling continues on areas at the outskirts and vicinity of Afrin city and the Townships of Raju and Belbeh, Turkish planes also renewed the bombing on places in Raju area northwest of Aleppo, while the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 7 fighters of YPG today by the Turkish air and missile strikes; and the clashes that took place between both parties in the area, and in the same context, a large demonstration took place in Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) condemning the aerial bombardment of the Turkish warplanes on Afrin and in its countryside snice hours ago, while a new Turkish military column that includes heavy vehicles and soldier carriers Tuesday evening to the Syrian territory, heading towards the contact points with YPG northwest of Aleppo, also shells launched by YPG this evening fell on areas in Azaz city, which is controlled by “Euphrates Shield” Operation Forces.

The Syrian Observatory published hours ago that the area witnessed displacements of families from Afrin area, in which some of them arrived the area of Nubl and Al-Zahraa linking Afrin with Aleppo city and considered the only outlet linking between them, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published today the 20th of January 2018, that violent and successive explosions rocked Afrin area in the north-western section of Aleppo countryside, controlled by the SDF, and the SOHR learned that the strikes were carried out simultaneously by more than 10 warplanes which targeted areas in Afrin city as well as areas in its countryside, where the raids targeted the townships of Raju, Jendires, Sharra Mabta and Shirawa, which caused material damage, and resulted in the fall of a number of wounded who were carried to receive treatment, and these are the first airstrikes carried out by Turkish warplanes on Afrin area and its city, which come with escalating the Turkish shelling for its 8th consecutive day, while the warplanes are flying over the area amid alertness witnessed in the city and fears for the citizens’ lives in the city, its districts and its countryside.