At total of 28 Syrian civilians, including seven children, have been killed by the Turkish military fire since the begging of Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria three days ago, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on October 12.
Most of the civilians were killed in Turkish shelling and airstrikes that targeted the towns and cities of Tell Abyad, Ras al-Ayn and Qamishli.
The Turkish-led operation also displaced at least 100,000 civilians, mainly from the border with Turkey, according to the monitoring group.
“The number of displaced people exceeded 100,000 civilians … The displacement of civilians continues from their areas in Tell Abyad, Ras al-Ayn, Darbasiyah and other areas east of the Euphrates,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The Turkish military and the National Syrian Army (NSA) launched Operation Peace Spring on October 9. Since then, Turkish forces has captured more than 27 villages and towns in the northern parts of Raqqa and al-Hasakah.
The operation was facilitated by the U.S, which pulled its forces out from the border line with Turkey. Despite this, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are still committed to their “alliance” with Washington.