VIDEO: Turkish Fighter Jets Strike Northern Syria, Kill 20, Injure 50 Civilians

Sun Aug 28, 2016 13:52:56

At least 20 civilians have reportedly been killed and 50 others wounded in fresh Turkish artillery fire and airstrikes on northern Syria.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the casualties came on Sunday after the Turkish attacks on the Jubb al-Kusa, a village south of the town of Jarablus in Syria’s Aleppo province.

The observatory further noted that it was unable to provide the exact number of those who lost their lives in shelling and those in ther aerial assaults.

The development comes as Turkey presses ahead with its incursion into Syrian territory, dubbed “Euphrates Shield.”

On August 24, Turkish special forces, tanks and jets backed by planes from the US-led coalition launched their first coordinated offensive in Syria. The Damascus government condemned the intervention as a breach of its sovereignty.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation is aimed at “terror groups” such as Daesh and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) - a US-backed Kurdish group based in Syria.

Hours after the beginning of the operation, Turkish-backed militants seized Jarablus, with Erdogan saying that they have taken over “government and official residences” and forced ISIS out of the town.

On Saturday, Turkish-backed Syria militants engaged in clashes with pro-Kurdish troops in the village of Amarneh, south of Jarablus.

Syria has been the scene of a foreign-backed crisis since March 2011.

Turkey is said to be among the main supporters of the militant groups active in Syria, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and arms the Takfiri elements there and facilitates their safe passage into the violence-wracked state, Press TV reported.


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