Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | 15:16 WIB

Turkish Military Denies Attacking Hospital in Syria

Hospital Attack in Syria

ISTANBUL, NNC -  The Turkish army on Saturday denied attacking a hospital in Afrin, Syria, where the country has carried out a nearly two-month attack against Kurdish YPG forces.

YPG and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a Turkish air strike on Afrin hospital on Friday night killed 16 people.

"The report that the Turkish armed forces bombing a hospital in Afrin is false," the military said on Twitter, adding that the country was campaigning in a way that would not hurt civilians.

Since launching its ground offensive in the Afrin region in January, the Turkish military has pushed YPG forces back from the Turkish border and advanced on the western and eastern side of the town of Afrin itself.

A spokesman for the United Nations human rights office said it had "a very worrying report" that civilians were killed and wounded in Afrin, and Kurds prevented civilians from leaving.

Last week, a top Kurdish Syrian official accused Turkey of putting Turkmen and Arab families in villages seized in a Turkish army campaign in the Kurdish region of Afrin.

A senior Turkish official said the allegations were "completely false".