المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

About 3 weeks of Afrin Battles result in controlling about 7% of the total villages in the area by the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation

More casualties raise the number of the civilian casualties who were killed during about 3 weeks of aerial and artillery shelling on Afrin to about 80 persons

The numbers of the civilian casualties are increasing in Afrin area as a result of the artillery shelling by the Turkish forces on areas in it, where it has increased to 3, the number of those who were killed today, they are a man who was killed in the artillery shelling by the Turkish forces on the walls of a hospital in Afrin city, and two citizen women who were killed in shelling by the Turkish forces on areas in Hakjiyya village in Jenderis Township in the south-western countryside of Afrin, while the violent clashes are continuing between the Turkish forces and the rebel and Islamic factions against the YPG and the Self-Defense Forces, in areas in Afrin countryside, and the clashes are concentrated in Shikhorzah area related to Bulbula Townships in the north of Afrin, and other places in the north-eastern countryside of the area, amid intensive exchange of targeting, accompanied by bombardment by Turkish warplanes on areas in the northern countryside of Afrin, thus, the death toll of the Syrian citizens of the Kurds, Arabs and Armenians has increased to 77 including 21 children and 15 citizen women, who are documented by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights since the 20th of January 2018, while tens others were injured with varying severity.

These violent clashes witnessed advancement by the Turkish forces which managed during 25 consecutive days of clashes in Afrin area, with the participation of the rebel and the Islamic factions, to take the control of one town and 23 villages with a percentage of 7% of the total villages of Afrin, as they controlled Bulbula town and 23 villages, they are: ((Jabal Barsaya – Qastal Jandu and Dikmdash in Sharra Township in the north-eastern countryside of Afrin, and the villages of Shenkali, Bekah, Alikar, Za’rah, Balyeh, Qarnah, Bulbula and Abudan in Bulbula Township in the northern countryside of Afrin, Edmanli, Ali Beska and Balelka in Raju Township in the south-western countryside of Afrin, Kanye, Khalilah, Amra, Mamlu Oshagli in Sheikh Hadid Township in the west of Afrin, the villages of Hamam, Mala Khalil, Dayr Ballut, Haj Iskender, Muhammadiyah and Ashka in Jendires Township in the south-western countryside of Afrin)).

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published this morning that it monitored that the number of casualties is increasing, as a result of the ongoing fighting between the Kurdish forces against the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation, where it rose to 163, the number of the fighters of the YPG and the Self-Defense forces who were killed in these clashes during 24 days of the military operations, while it has increased to 211, the number of the fighters and soldiers of the forces of the “Olive Branch” Operation who were killed in these clashes, including more than 34 casualties of the Turkish forces including 2 pilots, while the others are fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions, and tens of members of the both parties were injured with varying severity, which may raise the death toll even more, including at least 208, those who were killed since the beginning of change of power balance on the 31st of January 2018. They are at least 25 soldiers of the Turkish forces, while at least 115 fighters of the rebel and Islamic factions operating within the “Olive Branch” Operation Forces, while at least 73 fighters of the YPG were killed in the operations and clashes witnessed during the past 2 weeks in Afrin area.

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