WATCH: Turkey bombs northwest Syria, kills, wounds, terrifies civilians
AFRIN, Syrian Kurdistan (Kurdistan24) – Dozens of houses were destroyed and an entire family was buried under the rubble on Thursday after the Turkish military bombed Syria’s Kurdish-held northwest region of Afrin.
Younes, a Syrian civilian from a village in the countryside of Afrin and Shahba districts, saw his entire family die for no crime.
His house was destroyed by a mortar shell the Turkish military dropped on his village.
“I want nothing but to die,” he told Kurdistan24 before bursting into tears.
Turkey bombing Afrin and Shahba areas in Syria has turned civilians' life into live horrors and tragedies.
So far, about fifteen civilians have been injured and five have died, the YPG press office reported.
Civilians had no choice but to abandon their houses and lands and seek shelter in the neighboring regions.
The highest voice heard among these civilians is horror and fear.
“We leave our houses in the morning and return in the evening … the bombing kills all livestock and destroys our houses,” a woman told Kurdistan24.
Mohammad, a 9-year-old trembling with fear, told Kurdistan24 how he escaped a rocket that burst near him.
“We ran away when we heard explosions in the surrounding villages, and the next day we returned and found everything destroyed,” he said, his face overshadowed by terror.
Since July 6, the Turkish military has been bombing civilian areas of Afrin and Shahba districts several times a day under the pretext of bombing the sites of the YPG forces.
But the victims have only been civilians.
Afrin and Shahba districts in northwest Syria are held by the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces.
The United States supports the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, while NATO ally Turkey regards them as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which has fought Turkey over Kurdish rights for decades.
Turkish policy in northern Syria has focused on countering the Kurds who have established autonomous regions since Syria's conflict began in 2011.
Editing by Ava Homa
(Redwan Bezar from Shahba countryside contributed to this report)