Terrorist attack kills at least 19 civilians, including patients and medical staff, and injures some 27 others, officials say.
A YPG/PKK terrorist attack on a hospital in northwestern Syria killed at least 19 civilians - including patients and medical staff, and injured more than 27, according to officials.
Grad missile and artillery shells fired by the terrorist group YPG/PKK from the Assad regime-controlled Tal Rifat region hit the emergency department of the private Shifa Hospital in the centre of the Afrin district, said a statement issued on Saturday by the Governor’s Office of Turkey's Hatay province, just across the border.
The governorship is investigating the attack in coordination with local authorities, the statement added.
TRT World's Oubai Shahbandar reports that doctors and nurses are also among the victims.
Multiple doctors and nurses have also been killed in the YPG/PKK terror group's attack on Shifa hospital in Syria's Afrin. TRT World's Oubai Shahbandar has the latest from Cilvegozu, Turkey pic.twitter.com/F18NBf8Scg— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) June 12, 2021
Today, SAMS-supported al-Shifaa Hospital in #Afrin was targeted by 2 missiles, resulting in multiple injuries & casualties, including staff & completely destroying the polyclinic department & delivery room. We strongly condemn this attack & demand an immediate investigation. pic.twitter.com/Fod1eoLc79— sams_usa (@sams_usa) June 12, 2021
Turkey's anti-terror ops in Syria
Afrin was largely cleared of YPG/PKK terrorists in 2018 through Turkey’s anti-terror offensive Operation Olive Branch, but the terror group still targets the region to disturb the peace establish by Turkish forces.
The terror group often targets Jarablus, Azaz, Afrin and al Bab by attacking from adjacent Tal Rifaat and Manbij regions.
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In its more than 35- year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terror organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and to enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).
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