Feb 20 2018

Turkey bombing pro-Assad forces - reports

(Updates with news report from second, third, fourth and the last paragraph.)

Turkey is bombarding forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after they entered the enclave of Afrin on Tuesday, Turkish media reported citing Syrian state television.

Turkish jets struck a convoy of the militia as it entered the disputed area, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported. A group of 270 fighters made the incursion, it said.

According to Syrian State News agency SANA, Turkish jets bombed the region where the pro-Assad convoy would pass to enter Afrin.

Soldiers loyal to Assad entered Afrin earlier on Tuesday, according to Iran-backed Hezbollah's media arm and local witnesses. 

According to YPG spokesperson from Afrin who spoke to Sirwan Kajjo, a contributor to Ahval, pro-Assad forces haven't entered the city yet but "they are on the outskirts."

Brusk Haseke, a spokesman for Kurdish militiants in Afrin, confirmed that pro-Assad forces were being deployed but declined to give numbers, Cumhuriyet said.

Iranian semi-state news agency Press TV, published a video, allegedly showing pro-Assad forces are entering Afrin, below. 

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/dunya/930460/Esad_a_yakin_gucler_Afrin_e_girmeye_basladi..._Turk_jetleri_bombaliyor.html