Jan 22 2018

Turkey’s shelling of Afrin is relentless – report

Turkey is pounding Kurdish positions in northern Syria continuously in a third day of hostilities, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.

There is "relentless, heavy shelling and artillery fire" which could be heard kilometres away from the centre of the operation, said Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, who is covering the armed conflict from the Turkish-Syrian border near Afrin.

Dekker said that Afrin’s residents reported that some women and children had fled to Aleppo, but many others remained holed up in the city.

Turkey is seeking to defeat Kurdish forces that it brands as terrorists and allied with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The United States on Monday reiterated its concern about the operation – Washington has used the fighters to defeat Islamic State (ISIS) with considerable success.