18:55 GMT07 July 2020
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    At least 29 civilians were killed and over 3,000 forced to flee the northern Syrian town of Jarabulus in the course of Turkish airstrikes, local Kurdish authorities said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The civilians were forced south toward the previously liberated town of Manbij, according to messages distributed on Kurdish self-government social media accounts.

    The Turkish armed forces, backed by the US-led coalition aircraft, launched a campaign to clear Jarabulus of militants in the early hours of Wednesday, striking 81 targets in 294 sorties en route to the town.

    Ankara says the mission dubbed "Euphrates Shield" aims to clear the cross-border town of Daesh jihadists, while Kurdish self-defense units and Damascus condemn the move as an incursion on their territory.

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