Civilians Injured in Turkish Airstrikes on Afrin, Kurdish Reports Say

Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish positions in the area of Afrin, destroying “observation posts and many other targets” on January 20, according to Turkish media.

Turkey kicked off a ground offensive against Kurdish forces near Afrin, in Syria’s Aleppo province, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on January 20.

On the same day, Kurdish media reported that Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled a ground offensive carried out by Turkish forces from Balbala town, in the countryside north of Afrin.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Turkish army and Kurdish forces exchanged shelling near Afrin.

This video was shared by a Kurdish outlet from the area and is described as showing Turkish warplanes hitting residential areas in Afrin and injuring five civilians.

Tension at the Syrian-Turkish border increased after Turkey said it was readying an assault against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Those same Kurdish militias have the backing of the US, but Turkey considers them extensions of domestic Kurdish rebel groups it deems to be terrorist organizations. Credit: ANHA via Storyful