The Turkish army again bombed the Kurdish enclave on Friday. Nine people died in the main hospital of Afrin.
Nine people were killed on Friday (March 16th) in a Turkish air strike that hit the main hospital of the Kurdish city of Afrin in northwestern Syria , the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
Afrin and the enclave of the same name have been the target since 20 January of an offensive by the Turkish army and Syrian allied rebels, seeking to dislodge a Kurdish militia that Ankara considers “terrorist”.
Earlier in the day on Friday, the Turkish army dropped leaflets over Afrin to ask Kurdish fighters to surrender and “trust in Turkish justice” after a night of intense bombing attacks on the main city of the Kurdish enclave.
“Fixed problem” for Erdogan
A spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights Council has reported “very alarming information” about civilians killed or injured by air strikes and artillery fire, but also prevented from leaving Afrin by Kurdish fighters.
Nearly two months after the start of Operation Olive Branch, the Turkish army, backed by Syrian rebels, completed the encirclement of the city and its immediate surroundings at the beginning of the week. “The problem has been largely solved,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. “We are close to the end in Afrin. “