As a result of the shelling of the city of Tal Rifat by Turkish troops and their allies on Monday, December 2, at least 11 people were killed, of which eight were children. Another 21 people were injured. This was reported on this day at the Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Center, based in London. The monitoring center relies in its data on its own network of local informants.
As observers noted, the shells exploded near one of the schools precisely when the students left the premises. Information about the shelling of the city and the school was also confirmed by the dpa news agency, an unnamed source in the "Syrian Democratic Forces" (SDF), where Kurdish troops predominate.
Most of the dead children were Kurdish immigrants from the Afrin region, last year the Turkish troops and their Syrian allies took control, the center said. The city of Tal Rifat is located in the Syrian province of Aleppo, 20 kilometers from the Turkish border and is controlled by Syrian Kurds, recalls AFP news agency. According to the Monitoring Center, the city also has Russian and Syrian military personnel.
Earlier, the population of Tal Rifat consisted mainly of Arabs and Turkmens, but last year's Turkish offensive also led to the resettlement of a significant number of Syrian Kurds here.
Last year, Turkey threatened to launch an offensive to capture Tal Rifat after the capture of Afrin. In October of this year, Moscow agreed to cooperate with Turkey to achieve the withdrawal of all members of the Kurdish units of the People’s Self-Defense Units (YPG), which Ankara considers to be "terrorists."
Despite this, in early November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "terrorist groups" are still located in Tal Rifat.
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