Multiple Civilians Killed in Turkish Artillery Shelling in Islamic State-Held al-Bab

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20175 views
Published: January 13, 2017

As Turkish-backed Syrian rebels continue to lay siege to the Islamic State-held town of al-Bab, Turkish artillery fire and other aerial bombardments inside the city have <a href="http://www.hawarnews.com/%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%83%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%AA%D9%83%D8%A8-%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%B2%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A2%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%89-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%A8/" target="_blank">killed and wounded</a> a number of civilians and IS fighters since January 1.

This video, released by the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News, purports to show the aftermath of Turkish artillery shelling inside al-Bab. A number of dead bodies can be seen in the footage, while a number of small children appear wounded.

The Turkish military <a href="https://7al.net/2017/01/03/%D8%A3%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%83%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D9%86%D9%81%D8%B0-%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B6%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%A8/" target="_blank">said</a> on January 3 that it killed at least 18 IS fighters and wounded 37 others in January 2 artillery shelling and clashes in the area.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria-idUSKBN14N1M8" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that it has sent several fighter jets to support ongoing Turkish ground forces in the area surrounding al-Bab in recent days. Spokesman Peter Cook said that they did not carry out any airstrikes and that the flights were meant as a “visible show of force.” The decision was made following a request from the Turkish military to provide air support in light of Turkish forces sustaining heavy casualties after coming under fire in several recent clashes.

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