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Turkey accuses Syrian Kurds of shelling schools and mosques in Afrin

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that Syrian Kurdish Self-Defense Forces (YPG) fired two schools and a mosque in Afrin in northwestern Syria from the Grad multiple rocket launcher system, leaving one student dead and seven injured.

Afrin came under the control of the Turkish army and the opposition Free Syrian Army (SSA) in March 2018 as a result of their operation against Syrian Kurd groups.

“The militants of the terrorist organization PKK ( Workers’ Party of Kurdistan ) / YPG fired four missiles from the Grad installation at two schools and a mosque in central Afrin. As a result of the attack, one student was killed and seven more were injured,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on October 9 last year announced the launch of Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Islamic State terrorist group banned in Turkey.

Syrian authorities have repeatedly condemned the occupation policy of Turkey in the north of the country.

On October 22, 2019, the Russian Federation and Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding of 10 points, in particular, on the entry of the Russian military police and the Syrian border service on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey outside the Turkish Source of Peace zone to facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish troops and their weapons 30 kilometers from the Syrian-Turkish border. Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu said that the Kurds were dismissed ahead of schedule. After this, a joint Russian-Turkish patrol began.

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