Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com & SyriaHR – 2017-01-25 02:04:09
Turkey’s Syria Invasion Killed Hundreds of Civilians
Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com
(January 24, 2017) — In late August, Turkey invaded the Syrian border city of Jarabulus, an ISIS-held city along the Euphrates River. Since then, they’ve expanded their territory significantly inside the northern Aleppo Province, grabbing large amounts of ISIS territory with the backing of certain rebel groups.
Turkey has made much of “liberating” large amounts of territory from ISIS, and “neutralizing” large numbers of ISIS fighters. There’s a substantial toll on top of this, however, which never gets mentioned in Turkey’s military statements, the civilian casualties.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkey’s invasion has left at least 352 civilians dead across northern Syria, and at least 2,500 others wounded. This shorts no sign of slowing, and every indication from Turkish officials is that their plans are nowhere near completed.
Turkey has been attacking the city of al-Bab for over a month now, the last ISIS city of any size in Aleppo Province. They’ve indicated that after al-Bab, they intend to attack Manbij, an even bigger city held by the Kurds, and then invade the Raqqa Province further east.
More than 350 Killed by Turkish Bombardment
In Syria While at Least 2,500 Others Were Wounded
(January 25, 2017) — Turkish bombardment continue targeting the Syrian lands leading to more human losses between civilians since the 24th of August 2016, the number of the dead raised in the past 24 hours amid continued clashes between al-Furat shield factions and IS in the northern eastern countryside leading to the death of 4 including 3 from the same family including a woman with her grand daughter and son in the town of Tadif near al-Bab city.
The number of the dead [rose] to 352 including 77 children and 48 women, killed by Turkish bombardment and airstrikes in IS controlled areas in the northern eastern countryside of Aleppo while at least 2500 others were wounded amid massive destruction and material damages in civilians properties.
With this continued killing of Syrian civilians in areas that are witnessing advances for “al-Furat Shield,” after closing the last the last remaining window of the organization with the outside world on the Turkish borders, and advances in the areas of Syria wide between the West sides of al-Furat river down to Azaz District until submit them to the edge of the city of Albab and its outskirts, “al-Furat Shield” forces began forming organs “internal security,” the elements of Syrian volunteers.
And there were a copy of the videotape to the Syrian Observatory for human rights showing training of Syrian police in Turkey before the spread of its elements appear, in Jarablos area and Akhtarin, and Raii which are under the control of the Furat Shield factions supported by the Turkish forces and their aircraft, showed footage slogans repeated by volunteers in this device, which issued the slogan “Long live Turkey” chants repeated three times in succession, and then the slogan “Long live Erdogan” repeat four times, then repeat the slogan “Long live free Syria proud” three times, and came back in the police volunteers repeat my motto “Long live Turkey and live Erdogan” twice each other’s.
About 100 Airstrikes Target Deir Ezzor and
10 Days of Battles and Shelling Kill More than 340
Of the Regime and the “Islamic Stateâ€ Organization
SyriaHR / The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
DEIR EZZOR PROVINCE (January 25, 2017) — The Russian warplanes and the regime’s warplanes continue carrying out their violent and intense airstrikes since the morning on areas of Deir Ezzor city and around it, and in the vicinity of its airbase and other areas south of the city.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed that the number of airstrikes is almost 100 airstrikes, in conjunction with violent clashes continue since the dawn of today on al-Ommal neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city and the cemeteries area near the city, between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against the “Islamic Stateâ€ organization, and information about more casualties in the ranks of both parties.
The continued violent clashes between both parties, the renewed violent and intense bombardment and airstrikes, detonating booby trapped vehicles and exchange of targeting have raised the death toll in the city of Deir Ezzor, as a result of the most violent attack by the organization since about a year ago. It was started in the 14th of January 2017, where the Syrian Observatory for human rights documented the death of at least 340 people, including 18 children under the age of eighteen and 16 citizen woman over the age of eighteen.
They are 78 including 18 children and 16 citizen women, where 45 persons including 9 children and 12 citizen woman were killed in bombing by warplane on Deir Ezzor city and the towns of Muhassan and Al-Boleel in its countryside, and 33 including 9 children and 4 citizen women were killed in shelling by the “Islamic State” organization on areas controlled by the regime forces in Deir Ezzor city.
Also it rose to 91 the death toll of members of the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them, while it rose to 172, the death toll of members of the “Islamic State” organization of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, including several field commanders one of them is the Real Estate Chief of “al-Khair State,” also tens of members of both parties were injured.
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