Turkish Forces Invade Afrin City, Displacing Its Locals

Thousands have fled the city as Ankara's troops and FSA fighters claim control, SANA reports

Turkish forces and their terrorist mercenaries invaded Afrin on Sunday after fierce and continuous bombardment on the city since Jan. 20.

Local and media sources said that Turkish forces and terrorist groups affiliated to them have stormed the residential neighborhoods of Afrin city following heavy shelling carried out during the past few days on the city, which targeted the city’s only hospital, in addition to cutting off water and communications to Afrin.

The brutal Turkish bombardment on Afrin hospital led to the martyrdom of 37 civilians, all of whom were wounded or displaced people who had taken refuge in the building as it went out of service.

The invading forces started looting properties in the city as they destroyed many of its houses.

More than 1,100 civilians have been killed or wounded since the beginning of the Turkish assault on Afrin, in addition to the destruction of the city’s infrastructure and the displacement of thousands of civilians.

Over the past few days, thousands of Afrin residents have fled to the nearby towns of Nubul and Al-Zahraa to escape the Turkish regime and its mercenaries' bombing, which has caused severe water and food shortages.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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