Feb 23 2018

Turkish army failed to avoid civilian casualties - HRW

A Human Rights Watch report, Friday, showed that the Turkish Armed Forces appear to have failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in northwest Syria for at least three attacks they investigated in detail. The group said that they investigated three assaults on Afrin – on January 21, 27, and 28 – that killed at least 26 civilians, including 17 children. 

Human Rights Watch said that they interviewed seven witnesses, reviewed photographs provided by the victims and first responders, and carried out an extensive analysis of satellite imagery of the attack sites for the report.

Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said “It appears that vulnerable civilians are facing displacement and death because of the way Turkey’s latest offensive is being conducted,” speaking about the Turkish incursion.

Turkey launched its military offensive alongside Syrian opposition fighters, nick-named Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear Afrin from the YPG, a Kurdish militia which it considers a terror group.