المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

With the continuation of clashes in Afrin area, the Turkish warplanes re-bombard the village in which they carried out a massacre today, killing 8 civilians of one family including 5 children

Explosions shook places in the countryside of Afrin city on Sunday evening, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the Turkish warplanes bombing areas in Deir Meshmesh southeast of Afrin city, in conjunction with airstrikes for the second time on Kobla village, where Turkish warplanes carried out a massacre and killed 8 civilians today of one family, including 5 children, but no information about casualties as a result of the renewed raids on the countryside of Afrin, while the clashes continue on places in Rajo Township and north of Afrin between the Turkish forces and the rebel and Islamic factions of the “Olive Branch” operation against YPG and the Self-Defense Forces, and the clashes were accompanied by exchange of targeting in the clash areas between both parties, and preliminary information about more casualties in the ranks of both parties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published during the past hours that it rose to 51 Syrian citizens of the Kurds, Arabs and Armenians including 17 children and 7 citizen women, the number of people killed since the 20th of January 2018 until today morning the 28th of January 2018, in aerial, artillery and rocket shelling on Afrin city, the villages of Kobla, Jalbarah, Maryameen, Maabatli town, and other villages and areas in the northern and the western countryside of Afrin, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored warplanes carrying out raids on areas in Jalbarah village -in which they carried out a massacre days ago-, which damaged property but no information about casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published hours ago that the Turkish forces backed by the Islamic and rebel factions operating within “Olive Branch” Operation Forces, managed to advance and control Bersaya Mount located in the northeastern countryside of Afrin, and the control came after several failed attempts to control this Mount, since the 22nd of JAnaury 2018, and the SOHR learned that the control came after tens of airstrikes carried out by Turkish warplanes and helicopters taking part in the military operation in Bersaiya town area, and the violent battles and clashes, which took place between the YPG and Self Defense Forces against the Turkish forces and the Islamic and rebel factions operating within “Olive Branch” Operation were accompanied by heavy shelling causing more human losses, and the SOHR documented the death of at least 12 fighters of the Kurdish forces, who were killed in aerial shelling and clashes, while at least two were captured and others were injured with different severity, while there is confirmed information about members of the “Olive Branch” operation were killed and injured in these clashes.

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