Turkish army took control of Afrin center


In the centre of Afrin, "symbols of trust and stability are waving instead of rags of terrorists", he added.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) found the depot during detection operations in the countryside of Afrin city center.

"We reached the army and didn't find that, but now we're basically living in a camp", he told AFP. The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group said it identified 42 bodies so far.

The statue was of the blacksmith Kawa, a central figure in a Kurdish legend about the new year celebration of Nawroz (which falls during the March equinox, or March 20 this year).

"Turkish soldiers arrived in Afrin and gave the right to live in the city to the people of Afrin", Hamra added.

"It's reliably known to us that American instructors in the area of the city of al-Tanfa are preparing several groups of fighters for carrying out provocations with the use of chemical weapons", he said, according to Russian news agencies.

Kurdish forces claimed earlier this week that Turkey's bombardment of the city had forced 10,000 civilians to flee their homes over the course of two days.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 30 people were killed in Saturday's airstrike on Zamalka that hit a group of people who were trying to flee into government-controlled areas.

"Civilians are fleeing through the southern corridor", said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

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The military has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming any civilians.

A lot of them were killed air strikes and artillery fire.

Eastern Ghouta has grabbed headlines recently amid a government resolve to recapture that sprawling area while at the same time allowing civilians to leave as around 400,000 people still live in that rebel-held enclave.

Turkey says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The YPG was a key U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State group, and seized large areas across northern and eastern Syria with the help of coalition airstrikes.

Exhausted and shell-shocked civilians streamed out of eastern Ghouta for the second consecutive day to buses arranged by the government to take them to a center for identification and relief.

The brutal Assad's regime's assault on Ghouta has left almost 1,250 civilians dead, around a fifth of them children.

At least 1393 people, including 271 children and 173 women, have reportedly been killed in Eastern Ghouta since forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad started their onslaught on February 18.