Turkish forces hit school, water plant in Syria's Afrin
9 February, 2018
Syrian Kurdish fighters accused the Turkish army on 7 January of shelling a primary school and a water plant in Syria's northern Afrin region. Nouri Mahmoud, spokesman of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, said Turkish forces and their Syrian insurgent allies damaged the water plant that supplies Afrin city, Reuters reported. They also shelled a primary school in the Maydanki village a day earlier, but the artillery caused no casualties, he said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said Turkish troops caused damages at the plant, 9km northeast of Afrin city. The facility supplies drinking water to hundreds of thousands of residents and displaced people in the wider Afrin region, the Observatory said.
Within 14 days, 298 civilians were injured and 150 were killed in districts and villages of Afrin, according to data the council managed to gather from hospitals, said the Health Council of the canton.
The Turkish military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Ankara launched an air and ground offensive last month against Kurdish fighters in Syria's Afrin region on its border, opening a new front in the multi-sided Syrian war.