Dozens dead as Turkey targets Kurdish militias in Syria

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By Euronews
Dozens dead as Turkey targets Kurdish militias in Syria

<p>Turkish shelling and airstrikes have killed at least 25 people in northern Syria near the border city of Jarablus. </p> <p>Turkey said the dead were Kurdish <span class="caps">YPG</span> militants. </p> <p>A monitoring group has countered that claim, however, reporting nearly 40 killed, the majority of which were civilians. </p> <p>Despite the differing accounts, the strikes and number of casualties mark a clear escalation in Ankara’s military operations inside Syria.</p> <p>Turkey launched its offensive against <span class="caps">ISIL</span> and Kurdish militias on Wednesday. Jarablus, which was held by <span class="caps">ISIL</span> has fallen. But, so far Kurdish forces appear to have borne the brunt of Ankara’s incursion as it seeks to stop the Kurds controlling a swath of territory along its border. </p> <p>That latest fighting came after suspected Kurdish fighters launched rockets at an airport in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir.</p> <p>Four rockets were fired at a police checkpoint, though no casualties were reported.</p>