Turkish forces shell convoy headed to Syria’s Afrin region


The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine.

Roji Kurd: In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military said a fleet of some 30-40 vehicles of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had approached the main town of the northwest Afrin region. It said artillery targeted the convoy “carrying terrorists, weapons and ammunition”.

The YPG said the convoy, which arrived in Afrin late on Thursday, had transported civilians from the Jazeera region further east and other towns under the control of Kurdish forces.

Birusk Hasaka, the YPG spokesman in Afrin, said the convoy included hundreds of people. The shelling set some cars ablaze, wounding at least ten people and killing one passenger.

“The convoy was headed to stand in solidarity with the people of Afrin, carrying food aid and medical supplies,” he told Reuters.

Turkey launched an assault last month on Afrin, seeking to drive out the YPG which it deems a menace along its border. It denies hitting civilians during the offensive.

“As always all attention and sensitivity was shown so that civilians were not harmed,” the Turkish military said on Friday. It released aerial video footage showing a series of explosions and smoke rising from a country road.

 Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the Turkish army was making every effort to avoid harming any civilians, which was extending the duration of the operation. Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli has previously dismissed reports of harmed civilians as false.

In the last day, on virtual networks has been released video,according to experts from the war crimes trials in Turkey.

According to a video، which hvbe been posted on the the formal Facebook page of the ”Rozhi Kurd”, A citizen Kurdish people ‘ afrīn of tractor implement, they can also steal a tractor and to be kild by Islamist people, known as the Free Army and members of the Turkish Army.

After shooting to this Kurdish citiyen in Afrin, two other turkishe militia, attackted, this Kurd citizen from Afrine, they shot him several times and shot.

This video is one of the hundred doucument of Turkish war crimes in the Afrin, but the world is now silent about, Political activists from the Afarin say.

Previously, images and videos, wich have been published in social networks show that Islamists, who are wellknown as the  Syrian Free Army, have broken the chest of a Kurd girl after he was killed.

Human Rights Watch said on Friday it had investigated three attacks in Afrin last month in which Turkish troops failed to prevent civilian casualties. The air strikes and shelling, on a cluster of tents, a poultry farm, and a house, killed 26 civilians, including 17 children, it said.

“It appears that vulnerable civilians are facing displacement and death because of the way Turkey’s latest offensive is being conducted,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at the U.S.-based group.




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