US-backed PKK/YPG terrorists attack refugee camps in Syria’s Idlib, Azaz

Published 06.02.2018 14:09
Updated 08.02.2018 09:29
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Three civilian were killed and 15 others injured in a mortar attack carried out by PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists in northwestern Syria's Afrin region, Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday.

The terrorists targeted the Atmeh refugee camp in northern Idlib at 11:00 a.m. local time, striking panic among its residents.

The wounded refugees were brought to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.

Several refugee camps merged into the Atmeh camp in 2011, when thousands were forced to leave their homes due to the vicious civil war in Syria, which started after the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected violence.

The refugees in the Atmeh camp come mainly from Homs, Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Deir-el Zour and Al-Hasakah.

On Sunday, terrorists launched another rocket targeting civilians in a refugee camp in Aleppo's Azaz district. The rocket landed in an empty area bordering Turkey's Kilis province, according to an AA correspondent on the ground.

No casualties were reported but the attack caused panic in nearby camps, where around 200,000 refugees live.

On Monday, another rocket attack on Azaz that came from Afrin, killed one civilian and injured five others.

The PYD often targets civilians in Azaz while it also threatens the entire area that was captured during Operation Euphrates Shield as well as the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Central Kilis and a large part of Hatay are also under PYD fire due to their geographical location.

Since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20, the terrorist organization has increased its attacks in both Hatay and Kilis, causing countless civilian deaths.

As many as 94 rockets have been fired by the YPG since the beginning of the operation, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım confirmed Sunday.

Sixty rockets targeted Hatay and 34 landed in Kilis, both border provinces to Syria, Yıldırım said during his visit to the Kilis governor's office.

"Seven civilians have been killed and 113 people have been injured," the prime minister said.

Five of the seven civilians killed by YPG rockets were in Hatay province while the other two were in Kilis.

Turkey is continuing Operation Olive Branch, launched Jan. 20 to remove the PKK/PYD/YPG/KCK and Daesh terrorists from the Afrin region.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and in the region as well as to protect Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights within international law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its right to self-defense under the U.N. charter and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said, "utmost importance" is being placed on not harming any civilians.

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