Shelling of the rebel-held metropolis of Afrin in northern Syria killed at the least 18 folks, lots of them when a hospital was hit, a warfare monitor mentioned.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned a health care provider, three hospital workers, two girls and two youngsters died at al-Shifaa hospital, which is held by Turkish-backed rebels, on Saturday.
A insurgent commander additionally died on the hospital, the observatory mentioned, including that 23 folks have been injured.
An AFP correspondent shot footage of white-helmeted assist staff within the hospital courtyard which was strewn with our bodies.
“The shelling focused a number of areas of the city and hit the hospital,” observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman instructed AFP.
“Many of the victims died in shelling on the hospital,” the monitoring group mentioned in an announcement, warning the casualty toll might rise additional with a few of the wounded in a essential situation.
The artillery fireplace originated from northern Aleppo province “the place militia devoted to Iran and the [Syrian] regime are deployed, close to the zones run by Kurdish forces”, the Britain-based group mentioned.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) issued an announcement denying any involvement within the shelling.
The area, like all areas held by pro-Turkish rebels, commonly witnesses focused killings, bombings and shootings.
Syrian regime shelling on the opposition-held Idlib enclave killed 12 folks on Thursday, in one of many deadliest violations of a 15-month-old ceasefire, the warfare monitor mentioned.
The battle in Syria has killed almost 500,000 folks because it began in 2011.