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    This picture taken around 5 kilometres west from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 25, 2016 shows Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus

    Ankara Refutes Reports of Targeting Civilian Targets in Syria's Jarabulus

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    Turkey has not targeted civilians during its Euphrates Shield military operation in the northern Syrian town of Jarabulus, Turkey's Prime Ministry Cooperation and Coordination Agency said Monday in a statement.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) On Sunday, it was reported that at least 20 people had been killed during Turkish airstrikes in Jub al-Kousa, a village south of Jarabulus, and another airstrike killed 15 civilians near the town of Al-Armana.

    "The allegations that the airstrikes during operation Euphrates Shield were conducted on civilians or that civilians were targeted are groundless. The Turkish Armed Forces involved in the operation are undertaking all measures to avoid harm to civilians living in the area and exercise maximum sensitivity on the issue," the statement reads.

    On August 24, Ankara announced that Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, had begun a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear Jarabulus of militants from the Daesh jihadist group, outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

    Syrian Kurds and Damascus accused Ankara of violating the territorial integrity of the Arab republic.

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