The number of civilians killed on Turkey’s offensive in Afrin has passed 100, according to local health authorities. Afrin Hospital stated that 104 civilians have been killed and 165 injured.
Turkey has denied reports of civilian casualties. “No civilian has been harmed in Operation Olive Branch” by Turkish forces or their allied Syrian militias, Turkey’s National Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday.
A UK-based conflict monitors and Russia’s Foreign Ministry, however, have both confirmed civilian casualties. The recent figures from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the civilian death toll at 68, including 21 children and 12 women. Another at least 185 have been injured.
Most of the civilians killed are Syrians displaced by conflict in other areas of the country, according to the PYD, the ruling political party in Rojava, northern Syria.