Pro-Assad militia killed by Turkish war planes - report

Turkish jet fighters bombarded pro-Syrian government forces, killing at least 17 people in a village in the north of the Afrin region, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Three of the dead were members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), while the others were fighters who back Syrian President Bashar Assad, the organisation said, according to Reuters.

The Turkish military declined to comment on the report, Reuters said.

Turkey launched a military operation into Afrin on Jan. 20 to battle members of the YPG, allied in the U.S. offensive against Islamic State (ISIS), but linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an autonomy-seeking Kurdish group in Turkey labelled terrorists by the United States and European Union.