Feb 01 2018

Afrin medical supplies dangerously low – report

Doctors in the Kurdish town of Afrin in northern Syria warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis, saying medical supplies in its main hospital were running dangerously low.

Turkey should stop shelling the area, the doctors said. Dozens of patients have been received in the past week, they said.

"We appeal to the United Nations to stop this Turkish aggression," Khalil Sabri, head of the Afrin hospital, said at a press conference, the Associated Press reported. "The medical supplies we have are about to run out," he said.

More than 65 civilians have died in Afrin since Turkey began its air and ground campaign on Jan. 20, activists say. Ankara is attacking members of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, that  belongs to the same umbrella organisation as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States and European Union.

Meanwhile, rockets fired by Kurdish militants in Syria into a Turkish border town killed a teenage girl and wounded another person on Wednesday, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

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