12:12 GMT18 January 2021
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    One Kurdish refugee was killed. two other were wounded on the border between Syria and Turkey, after Turkish border guards opened fire, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkish border guards opened fire at the Kurdish refugees trying to escape from the war in Syria, killing one of them and injuring two others, local media reported Sunday.

    The incident is said to have occurred on Saturday midnight.

    "The victims were trying to cross the border into Turkey after escaping the Qelika village in the Kurdish Afrin district. But the merciless Turkish forces shot them, killing a 35-year-old man and injuring at least two others… Those unarmed civilians were trying to find a safe haven after fleeing Afrin where radical Islamists continue to bombard Kurdish villages and towns. However, the brutality of the Turkish forces has apparently exceeded that of terrorist groups in Syria," Walida Hassan, the head of Human Rights Commission in Cezire canton in northern Syria, was quoted as saying by the ARA News Kurdish media outlet.

    She added that the Kurds were demanding that the international community intervene in order to stop Turkish violations of basic human rights.

    Kurds are Syria’s largest ethnic minority, also populating parts of Turkey, Iran and Iraq. Since the eruption of the civil war in Syria, the Kurds have been permanently targeted by terrorist groups such as the Daesh terror group, outlawed in Russia and many other countries worldwide.


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