A rain of missiles and mortar fire fell on the northern Syrian town of Maabatli, in the Afrin district, Friday. A family of seven was wiped out, and, according to local sources reported by the Syrian state news agency SANA, houses and public buildings were destroyed.
Seven days after the start of “Operation Olive Branch,” the Turkish military advance against the region, which is part of the Kurdish Rojava, the battle has become a part of daily life. The schools are closed—since the bombings are constant, it impossible to even think of sending one’s children to school. Precise numbers are unavailable, but it is certain there are at least 5,000 displaced persons, counting only those who have arrived in the Syrian villages on the northern border of the region.
Calculating the number killed is even more difficult. From the hospitals in Afrin, and from the press releases of the Syrian Democratic Forces, we’ve learned of 59 civilians killed and 134 injured, plus 43 dead among the fighters of the YPG and YPJ People’s Defense Units. The Turkish offensive is bearing down on civilians, numbering 1.2 million throughout the region, of which half have been displaced from other areas of Syria.