Turkey, allies say siege of Syria's Afrin underway

Turkey, allies say siege of Syria's Afrin underway

Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces have encircled Afrin town center as of March 12, and as Turkish and FSA forces encircled the town, the terrorist group is trying to prevent civilians from leaving Afrin in order to slow down the Turkish advance.

The Red Crescent was preparing on Tuesday to evacuate more people in desperate need of medical care through a humanitarian corridor established by the regime and its ally Russian Federation.

A Kurdish official speaking to Reuters on Tuesday accused Ankara of carrying out "demographic change" in areas Turkish-backed forces previously seized in the Afrin region.

It said the area included some 90 villages to the west of Afrin city.

Hurriyet newspaper quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as telling Turkish reporters during a visit to Moscow that the "YPG will leave Manbij, US and Turkish soldiers will joint ensure its security".

In addition to grave human rights violations against opposing Kurds, local Arabs and Turkmens in areas they control throughout northern Syria, YPG/PKK also forced local people into Afrin town center in order to use them as human shields against Turkish air and artillery strikes.

The Turkish Armed Forces announced on Tuesday that the Afrin town centre, in northwestern Syria, has been surrounded since Monday as part of the Turkish-led Operation Olive Brach.

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The Turkish foreign minister says Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement on a plan to jointly station Turkish and USA forces in the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Manbij.

Syrian TV showed some people arriving at the Wafideen crossing after they left the area with a woman saying that she has been waiting for more than a year to evacuate her sick child.

Syrian government forces captured more than half of eastern Ghouta over the past two weeks and laid a siege on the group's stronghold of Douma.

The Syrian government and the Russian military have set up a corridor outside the besieged eastern Ghouta to arrange the evacuation from the area which is home to some 400,000 people.

Several people in Germany were injured when police used pepper spray against some demonstrators opposed to Turkey's ongoing military operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria's Afrin region.

The Observatory reported that evacuations of insurgents and their families began from another rebel-held pocket south of Damascus. If the agreement remained intact, hundreds would "all be evacuated in batches for treatment, some in Damascus and some outside of Syria", said Yasser Delwan, a political official with Jaish al-Islam.

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