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88 civilians killed in Turkish airstrikes in al-Bab, monitor

By Rudaw 23/12/2016
The Turkish armed forces claimed to have hit 51 ISIS targets in al-Bab. Photo: AFP
The Turkish armed forces claimed to have hit 51 ISIS targets in al-Bab. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Eighty-eight civilians have been killed in Turkish airstrikes on al-Bab in the past 24 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. 

“SOHR was informed that the airstrikes led to the death of 16 civilians today, including 3 children,” the conflict monitor stated on Friday, bringing the total number of civilians “killed by Turkish airstrikes in al-Bab city to 88 in the past 24 hours, including 24 children and 13 women.”

The monitor reported that Turkey carried out a “massacre” in al-Bab on Thursday, killing 72 civilians. Some died because of lack of medical supplies and health care professionals, the Observatory added. 

The al-Bab Military Council, a local body formed to oversee the liberation of the city, released a statement on Twitter on Friday stating that more than 84 people were killed and more than 45 injured in airstrikes on Thursday. 

The Turkish armed forces announced on Friday that they had “neutralized” 40 ISIS militants in the al-Bab area since Thursday night, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The Turkish General Staff claimed to have hit 51 ISIS targets in the city, including destroying ISIS’ military headquarters.

The airstrikes come after 16 Turkish soldiers were killed and over 30 wounded by ISIS this week as Turkish forces and their allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) pushed deeper into the militant-held city. 

Turkey has been supporting hundreds of Free Syrian Army fighters in northwestern Syria with tanks, artillery, airstrikes and a small number of ground troops since they launched the Euphrates Shield operation on August 24. The goal of the military operation is to clear the border area of all “terrorists,” Turkish officials have said, naming both ISIS and Kurdish forces.

Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday that more than 1,000 ISIS militants had been killed since the military operation Euphrates Shield began, Anadolu Agency reported. 

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historrr | 23/12/2016
i do not know why but turkey has kind of privilege of bombing civilians freely in the middle east. if russia/syria/iraq/iran or any western country do it, mainstream media report it, un get together and condemn each other. but Turkey can do carpet bombing in kurdistan or any place and get away with it.. if this is the case, syria and iraq should ask for turkish army help to liberate mosul and raqqa instead of doing urbanware.street fighting and lose soldiers not to harm civilians. Since Turkish government is also sunni jihadists and isi is sunni jihadist, nobody resent turkish killing civilians. but do not forget, collapse of ottoman empire started in yemen desert fight with arabs. ottoman empire may lost over 1 million soldiers in yemen.. i am not sure if it is true or story, it wa told :britions told arab tribes turkish soldiers hiding gold in their stomach. when turkish soldiers get exhausted in yemeni deserts after marching for weeks, when that saw any water or well, they rushed desperately to drink it. at this time, arab tribes ambushed by by slitting their throats and cutting their stomatch to take out gold"
dee | 24/12/2016
what a "shock"
CiteMe | 24/12/2016
Turks always go after easy targets and civilians are easy targets, unfortunately.
Roj | 24/12/2016
Turkish air force is useless. They conducted 60 thousand airstrikes on 5 thousand PKK fighters over the past 35 years and the PKK is still there.
Rewsh | 24/12/2016
So much for the "glorious" Turkish army, they can't even capture a little town called Al Bab from Daesh! And this is the army that will defeat the PKK? dream on! I think by 2020 the Turkish army will board dingy and seek asylum in Greece when the PKK finally captures Istanbul.
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