Turkish Shelling Kills 9 in IS-Held Syria Town

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Nine civilians were killed in overnight Turkish bombardment of a jihadist-held town in northern Syria, a monitor said on Friday, but Ankara said the shelling killed 13 "terrorists". 

Three women were among those killed in the artillery fire on Al-Bab, which Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have been fighting to take from the Islamic State group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"In the past 48 hours, Turkish air strikes and shelling have killed 45 civilians, including 18 children and 14 women," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. 

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said the army had hit dozens of IS positions, seven of them from the air. 

"In total, 13 IS terrorists were killed," the news agency reported. 

Ankara began military operations in Syria in August, targeting Kurdish fighters as well as IS, but says it is doing the utmost to avoid civilian casualties. 

Al-Bab is IS's last stronghold in Aleppo province and has come under fierce attack in recent months by Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels.

They entered the town last the weekend and are now engaged in "clean-up" operations, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday.

The Observatory, however, said Turkish forces had made little progress since entering the town from the west and rebels said IS was putting up fierce resistance.

Field commander Abu Jaafar said his forces had been able to overrun part of the town early Thursday, but were then ambushed by IS. 

At least one jihadist suicide attacker wounded several of the rebels and seriously damaged their equipment, Abu Jaafar told AFP. 

Comments 10
Thumb gigahabib 4 months

When Erdogan kills civillians, it's ok, because he's the protector of the Sunnis.

Thumb Mystic 4 months

Genocide

Thumb justin 4 months

you now believe the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ?

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 4 months

No it is not ok. Yet your regime killed 100x times more civilians and you do not mind.

Thumb justin 4 months

Turkish Shelling Kills 9 in IS-Held Syria Town

but gigahabib always said Turkey and ISIS are allies?

Thumb gigahabib 4 months

They were allies until Turkey joined the US coalition. Alliances can change, but maybe that's too hard for mental midgets like you to understand.

Thumb justin 4 months

"They were allies until Turkey joined the US coalition";))))))!!!

but giga mental giant always said the USA and ISIS are allies???

Thumb gigahabib 4 months

Kerry admitted the US looked the other way when ISIL took over large parts of Syria. Just like they were fine when Afghanistan was taken over by Taliban, until it came back and bit them. It's called blowback. But maybe it's too hard for you to understand such nuances.

Thumb warrior 4 months

the heretic says Kerry admitted;)))

Thumb gigahabib 4 months

Yes 3x.