Shelling by Kurdish forces kills five in Syria's Afrin

Five people, including two children, were killed and 15 wounded in shelling by Syrian Kurdish forces in Syria’s Afrin on Wednesday, UK- based Syrian Observatory Human Rights (SOHR) said.

"Two children and an officer of the Turkish-backed 'Free Police' among five persons were killed in the shelling, while 15 others sustained various injuries, including children and women," SOHR said.

The attack was carried out on the second year of the invasion of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

Turkish armed forces and their Syrian rebel allies took control of Afrin in early 2018 in a cross-border military operation against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which the Turkish government considers a terrorist organisation due to its links to militants fighting for Kurdish self-rule within Turkey.

"We want this to be known: We are not war lovers, but the occupation of our country will always be a reason for revenge and war. The enemies of our people understand nothing but war. On this basis, we reiterate once again our determination in fighting the invaders," Afrin Liberation Forces (HRE), the Afrin branch of the YPG, said in a statement after the attack.