Airstrikes kill 100 people as Syrians flee

Airstrikes kill 100 people as Syrians flee

The assault on eastern Ghouta has devastated towns across the region and damaged and destroyed more than a dozen hospitals. The army said in a statement the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG were trying to create a "negative perception" of the Turkish military.

"Unless we can impress upon the Russians that this is catastrophic to their broader objectives in Syria, then I don't see this ending very well at all", a European official said at a recent briefing.

A Turkish bombing raid struck the main hospital in the Kurdish-controlled Syrian town of Afrin on Friday, killing sixteen civilians, a monitor said.

The government forces, for ir part, have intensified bombardments on Guta Oriental, in periphery of capital, Damascus, and where y survive several bags of territory under control of armed opposition, mostly Islamist factions.

The Syrian war entered its eighth year this week, having killed half a million people and driven more than 11 million from their homes, including almost 6 million who have fled overseas in one of the worst refugee crises of modern times.

Thousands of civilians have fled the besieged Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, in what is believed to be the largest exodus in one day in the country's seven-year war, as deadly air strikes continue.

The Observatory says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used, but Russian Federation on Friday denied its jets were taking part in the Ghouta operation.

They condemned the penetrators of violence in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and in the capital city of Damascus, in violation of Resolution 2401, which was adopted on February 24, said van Oosterom.

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Syrian state-run al-Ikhbariyah TV aired live footage showing hundreds of men, women and children carrying their belongings and marching into the town of Hamouria, which recently was captured by Syrian troops.

An estimated 12,000-16,000 people had left eastern Ghouta in recent days, while fighting in the Afrin region had reportedly displaced more than 48,000, said Linda Tom, a spokeswoman for the United Nations humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) in Syria.

Hammuriyeh later fell to government forces after Islamist rebels from Faylaq al-Rahman withdrew, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

About 11,000 people, many of them Kurdish migrants, marched in the northern German city of Hanover on Saturday to protest the Turkish military operation in Afrin.

Turkey invaded Afrin in January, and has vowed to expand the war across Syrian Kurdistan.

"We have been receiving deeply alarming reports from Afrin in Syria about civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and ground-based strikes", Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva on Friday.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday described a European Parliament motion against Turkey's ongoing operation in Syria's Afrin as an "eclipse of reason", APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

Bilginsoy reported from Istanbul.

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