Turkish warplanes kill dozens in Syria: monitor

Turkish warplanes kill dozens in Syria: monitor

Turkish warplanes kill dozens in Syria: monitor

On Saturday, pro-Syrian government forces were attacked by Turkish warplanes in Afrin, killing 36 fighters. In a statement, the SDF said that Turkish air strikes had targeted positions held by the regime-allied militia from 5am to 10am, without giving a death toll.

Turkey says it wants to oust the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, from Afrin.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch, its second military intervention in Syia since 2011, after Washington said it would set up a border force comprising 30,000 Kurdish militants near Turkish soil.

They came after Turkish raids on other parts of the enclave killed 14 pro-government fighters on Thursday and four more on Friday, the monitor said.

A top United Nations human rights official said Syrian regime airstrikes on the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta probably constitute war crimes and must be prosecuted.

The Observatory said this hit was the third to take place in the past 48 hours.

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They also seized a strategic mountain in the northeast of the enclave, a military official from the Turkish-led operation said.

Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

In a phone call on Monday between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the latest developments in Syria, Erdogan said that "utmost care" is being taken to avoiding harming civilians.

Turkey has been waging "Operation Olive Branch" against Syria's Afrin region since January 20 in a bid to eliminate the YPG, which forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by the US.

Since February 26, areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in northern Syria have been reconnected in a crescent-shaped corridor from the northwestern Idlib province and Azaz eastward, Andalou's state-run news agency reported.

Ankara says YPG is a terrorist extension of Kurdistan Workers' Party which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state.

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