Sunday, 24 June, 2018

YPG to be withdrawn from Manbij as Turkish forces encircle Afrin

7 suspects held in Turkey for PKK terror propaganda Turkish forces have surrounded Afrin city in Syria operation, says state media
| 14 March, 2018, 00:52

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a member of the Syrian Red Crescent treating a woman who fled with her family from the fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels, at an army checkpoint set up by the Syrian and Russian militaries in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

A Kurdish official speaking to Reuters on Tuesday accused Ankara of carrying out "demographic change" in areas Turkish-backed forces previously seized in the Afrin region.

In addition to grave human rights violations against opposing Kurds, local Arabs and Turkmens in areas they control throughout northern Syria, YPG/PKK also forced local people into Afrin town center in order to use them as human shields against Turkish air and artillery strikes.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Turkish troops have given health checks and distributed medicines to civilians in the recently-liberated Hasirki village of Syria's Afrin region as part of the ongoing Operation Olive Branch.

Ankara regards the YPG as a terror group and a branch of militants in Turkey who have waged an insurgency for decades. IS said it attacked troops in positions they took from rebels.

Syrian government forces have split eastern Ghouta in two amid rapid weekend advances, dealing a major setback to the rebels and threatening to exacerbate an already dire humanitarian situation at the doorstep of Damascus. It said the military had taken control of "critical areas" of the town but did not provide details.


Haley said the Security Council's previous cease-fire agreement, which came into effect last month, had "failed".

A military source at the checkpoint confirmed "an evacuation today of wounded and grave medical cases along with a number of civilians".

More than 1,000 civilians are said to have been killed in the fighting there since the regime's assault began.

Global efforts to end the offensive have largely failed.

At least 353,935 people have died since, including more than 106,000 civilians, according to the Observatory. Rebels there have so far rejected a similar evacuation offer.

The area is not connected to eastern Ghouta, the main rebel enclave near the capital, which has been subject to a fierce assault by pro-Syrian government forces for almost a month.

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