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Turkey takes Afrin dam, nears city: media reports

By Rudaw 9/3/2018
A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter tears down a picture of Abdullah Ocalan in the Hallubi area, north of Afrin, on Thursday. Photo: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP
A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter tears down a picture of Abdullah Ocalan in the Hallubi area, north of Afrin, on Thursday. Photo: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies have taken control of the dam that is the major water source for Afrin and claim to have reached the border of the city, state media reported. 

Taking control of three villages on Friday morning, Turkish forces and allied Syrian militias have crossed the border of the largest urban centre in the Kurdish enclave, Anadolu Agency reported. 

Separately, Anadolu reported Turkish forces are also in control of a portion of Maydanki dam, also called 17 Nisan, located 12 kilometres north of Afrin city. The YPG remain in control of villages to the west of the dam. 

A day earlier, Turkish forces had reportedly cut off power at the dam that provides water for the majority of Afrin’s olive and fruit orchards, as well as drinking water and hydroelectricity. 

Interruptions in the water and electricity supplies in the Kurdish canton have sparked concern of a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation, especially as the conflict escalates in the area of Afrin city.

UK-based conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has called on the United Nations to open a humanitarian corridor to allow the civilian population to flee. 

The UN has previously estimated the population of Afrin to be around 323,000. 

Many people have been displaced within the region in Syria’s northwestern corner. They have moved from the outer regions towards the centre, blaming Turkish bombardments and lack of basic necessities for pushing them out of their homes.  

Media linked to the Kurdish YPG forces reported heavy clashes and Turkish airstrikes on multiple fronts on Friday morning, killing several civilians. 

The Observatory reported 199 civilian deaths in Afrin as of Thursday. 

Turkish officials have denied the deaths of civilians in its offensive that began on January 20.

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Kurdo | 9/3/2018
KRG, and Basur media, shame on you, shame on you and shame on you. Not word against turks, not a word. We are about to lose land and not a single word. We are so ashamed of you!!!
TheFacto | 9/3/2018
To Kurdo Shame of what?? The whole damn world is watching. do u really think that basur can make different? we got backstabbed in kirkuk. now we got backstabbed again from usa AND russia. what can we do when the most powerful country in the world just watching this happen? the day we stop worship our leader and start fight together is the day we can achieve something.
Murat | 9/3/2018
Turkey has to clear Menbij and Kandil as well.
Mohsen Esfahani | 9/3/2018
The kurds have proven that as soon as they have any power, that can destroy non-kurd's homes, kill al arabs and turkmen or force them out their villages and commit complete ethnic cleansing. What is happening in Afrin now is in response to Kurdish brutalities. This should continue in Manbij and Aain Arab ( Kobani), qamishli, Erbil and Suleymaniyah as well. ethnic cleansing should not be rewarded.
anti-erdogan, anti-russia, anti-iran | 9/3/2018
@the facto: they only get backstabbed by russia. Russia leaved to let hits friend erdogan in. Us stands with his friends and nobody is attacked in its part of syria. And kirkuk was losed because of the stupid and not voted kdp. Made a wrong vote and pashmerga wasnt able to protect the city. Us cant solve every problem. It is his own state and not the world police.
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