Written by Khaled Iskef.
Dozens were killed and wounded as a result of mutual shelling on the axes of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
The number of victims who were killed as a result of the missile shelling towards the city of Afrin yesterday evening has stabilized to 22 people, the majority of whom are civilians, while the number of injuries reached about 35, which wounds varied between serious and medium.
According to local sources, the city of Afrin, which is under the control of the Turkish forces and the militias loyal to them, was hit between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on June 12, by several missile waves that hit residential neighborhoods in the city, and several missiles targeted the Al-Shifa hospital, coinciding with transfer of the injured to him for treatment.
The sources indicated that among the victims there were 3 members of the White Helmets Organization of the Turkish-backed militants, along with two militants of the so-called “civil police” trained by Turkey, while the number of injured from the armed groups reached about 10. As a result, the majority of the victims were civilians and members of the medical and nursing staff working in Al-Shifa Hospital.
The bombing of the city of Afrin also caused huge material damage to civilian property, including homes, cars and shops. The targeting of Al-Shifa Hospital led to its out of service, and victims were reported among the hospital staff.
The escalation in the northern countryside of Aleppo, was not limited to the bombing operations of the city of Afrin, as the Turkish forces were working in return to carry out extensive and large-scale bombing towards the villages outside their control and where the “Afrin Liberation Forces” groups are deployed.
During their bombardment, the Turkish forces targeted the villages of Mara’anaz, Alqmiya, Shawargha, Khouribga, Aqiba, Al-Malikiyah and Ain Digna, which resulted in the serious injury of a child, in addition to material damage, significant damage to civilian property, and agricultural land surrounding the targeted villages.
No group has claimed responsibility of the bombing of the city of Afrin. While Turkey accused the “Afrin Liberation Forces” group of the “Kurdish Units” of carrying out the bombing. Some sources later took the initiative to accuse the Turkish forces themselves of bombing the city, citing Ankara’s efforts to exploit the bombing and its victims. To achieve political purposes before international public opinion, especially ahead of the upcoming two summits scheduled to be held between US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Rajap Tayyip Erdogan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It is noteworthy that the areas of the northern countryside of Aleppo, in general, are still living in a state of constant tension as a result of mutual shelling operations, which are now recorded almost daily, between the Turkish forces and their militants on the one hand, and the Afrin Liberation Forces groups deployed in the al-Shahba area and on the eastern outskirts. From the Afrin region, on the other hand.
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