One of the killed civilians in Kafar Anton in the Shehba region

04/07/2017 - 10:01 0
Turkish, FSA shelling kills mother and two children, critically injures 7 in Shahba region

Indiscriminate shelling by Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army militants under Ankara's command in Rojava-Northern Syria's Shahba countryside resulted in the death of 3 civilians, a mother and her two children, on Monday night.

Shelling and gunfire by Turkish-FSA troops continued throughout the weekend as Ankara threatened to invade the Kurdish-led Afrin canton and adjoining Shehba region.

Images and a video sent to by a local journalist show the dead bodies of 3 civilians and 7 critically injured in the Kafar Anton village in the Shehba region on the outskirts of Afrin. The people were all from the same family.

Xezale Ehmed Yûsiv (47), Miawiye Hikmet Yusiv (14), and Tebarek Hikmet Yusiv (12) were killed in the extensive shelling.

Renda Yusiv (24), Fîdaa Yusiv (19), Fîdaa Aya (1, daughter of Fidaa Yusiv), Xensaa Yusiv (16) and Emîra Yusiv (12) were injured.

Kurdish politicians have accused Turkey of continuing its anti-Kurdish policy across the region and have said attempts to invade Shehba and Afrin, which have at least a 1.5 million population will damage the Kurdish-led SDF's fighting against ISIS in Raqqa and spread war and instability in the area.

Ankara claims the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People's Defence Units (YPG), leading forces in Rojava-Northern Syria are affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is fighting the Turkish government for autonomy for some 20 million Kurds living in Turkey.

Kurdish military and political officials in ROjava have rejected Turkey's claims of affiliation to the PKK.

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