Turkish army fire on Afrin kills 18 civilians

Turkish army fire on Afrin kills 18 civilians

Turkish artillery fire on Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 18 civilians on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Since midnight, 18 civilians, including five children, were killed by Turkish artillery fire on the city of Afrin. There is fighting on the northern edge of the city," the Britain-based monitoring organisation said.

The Observatory said on yesterday that more than 30,000 civilians had fled Afrin in 24 hours, AFP reported.

On January 20, Turkey and Syrian Arab rebel proxies launched an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region, which is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

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