Attacks on a residential area and hospital by two separate artillery hits caused the death of 13 and injured 27.
The attack happened on Saturday in Afrin district. The perpetrators are still unknown, although shelling is said to have come from the northern Aleppo province where militia affiliated with the Syrian and Iranian regime are deployed. YPG/PKK terrorists are further present near the area.
The governor of Turkey’s Hatay Province confirmed the casualties and accused the Syrian Kurdish terror groups. A statement from Ankara also held the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), responsible for the attack.
While Al Jazeera is unable to verify the death toll, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and war monitors claim at least 18 people are dead.
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a non-profit organization composed of Syrian-American medical professionals, reported that the missiles have destroyed the polyclinic department, the emergency and the delivery rooms of the al-Shifa hospital. Eleven staff were injured as a result of the shelling. A doctor, three hospital staff, two women, a rebel commander, and two children died at the hospital.
Al-Shifa was one of the largest hospitals in northern Syria monitored by the United Nations-led deconfliction mechanism.
In response to artillery attacks, Turkey’s military targeted the northern Syrian town of Tel Rifat. According to Anadolu Agency, armed forces struck the terrorist targets in town.