Thousands under siege as Turkish troops encircle Kurdish-held Afrin

Thousands under siege as Turkish troops encircle Kurdish-held Afrin

On Wednesday, Turkish bombing raids killed 10 fighters loyal to the regime, which last month deployed pro-government forces after the Kurds asked for help.

Global attention has focused on the battle for besieged eastern Ghouta outside the capital and for Afrin in the far north where Turkey sent in forces to combat Kurdish militia it sees as a threat to its security.

It said evacuees should be allowed freedom of movement, access to medical care, and a safe return to their homes.

More than 1,220 civilians have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since February 18. Other bakeries in the town have been bombed in the Turkish offensive that began on January 20.

A doctor in the town of Hamouria, inside the besieged zone, said his hospital was overwhelmed with casualties and that for four hours ambulances could not move the wounded for care.

His comments came as his Turkish counterpart visited Moscow for talks.

The Turkish government considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has led a decades-long insurgency in south-east Turkey in search for respect of Kurdish culture and autonomy in the region.

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Residents of a Syrian Kurdish enclave encircled by Turkish troops and activists say the area is facing a bread shortage as the town's only bakery grapples with increased demand amid the ongoing military offensive.

"Regardless of who will win in the end, as soon as the battle for this small pocket begins, it will mean a massacre against civilians", said YPG media adviser Rezan Hedo.

The Syrian conflict enters its eighth year this week. "The armed groups have given it to the United Nations, and the United Nations has transmitted this to Russian Federation and the USA, and they will then transmit it to their allies". Russia's forces, like Iran's, are in Syria upon a call from the Bashar al-Assad regime, unlike the U.S. At least two ambulances and a bus brought patients and their families.

"The Turkish State is involved in fascist practices by the massacre and displacement of our people in recently invaded areas".

Cavusoglu said, for his part, that early delivery the system would meet Turkey's interests.

He spoke on condition of anonymity out of safety concerns.

Their advances have cut off the towns of Douma and Harasta from each other and from other neighbouring towns.

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