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Turkey Shells Kurdish Settlements Near Syria's Afrin

© AP Photo / Hawar News AgencyIn this undated photo released Thursday, May 11, 2017, by Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows fighters from the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, patrolling on a street in Tabqa, northern Syria
In this undated photo released Thursday, May 11, 2017, by Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria, shows fighters from the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, patrolling on a street in Tabqa, northern Syria - Sputnik International
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Syrian Kurdish settlements located near Afrin in the country's northwest came under artillery fire from Turkish troops, Rezan Hedo, a member of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Sputnik) — The official added that those injured had already been sent to the hospitals of Afrin.

"Turkish artillery has shelled the villages of Kastel Cindo, Maryamayn, Jalbul and Shagura on the outskirts of Afrin. Two children and a woman died following the shelling in the village of Kafr Antun," Hedo said.

The main entrance to the city of Afrin, along Syria's northern border with Turkey - Sputnik International
Turkish Military Op Against Kurds in Syria's Afrin Could Begin 'Any Time Soon'

At the same time Turkish media reported, citing military sources, that the country's armed forces had carried out 20 strikes against the positions of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) near Afrin.

Turkey has repeatedly bombed the positions of Kurds in northern Syria. Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered by the Turkish authorities as a terrorist group.

Afrin is currently an enclave in the northwestern corner of Syria, separated from the rest of the Kurdish de-facto Rojava autonomy by Turkish forces near Al Bab.

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