January 20, 2018 / 4:15 PM / 4 months ago

Syrian Kurdish YPG says Turkish warplanes bomb Afrin

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish warplanes pounded Syria’s Afrin city and several villages around it on Saturday.

Smoke rises from the Syria's Afrin region, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Hassa, on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Rojhat Roj, a YPG spokesman in Afrin, told Reuters the strikes wounded a number of people but it remained unclear how many. Roj said there were currently no clashes between Turkish forces and the YPG, “only skirmishes” at the edge of the Afrin region.

Turkish warplanes struck positions of the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin on Saturday, a senior Turkish official said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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