Kurdish media: Turkish fire kills 16 in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish media say at least 13 civilians were killed in Turkish shelling on the town of Jindaris, as Turkish forces try to press their advances on the Kurdish-held Afrin enclave in northwest Syria.

The Hawar News Agency says another 3 civilians were killed in Turkish shelling near Rajo, also in Afrin, on Monday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported 13 killed in Jindaris, including 2 children. It says at least 165 civilians have been killed by Turkish fire since Turkey launched its “Operation Olive Branch” to drive out Kurdish forces from Afrin.

Turkey and various Syrian opposition forces fighting alongside it have taken more than a quarter of the Afrin canton since operations began six weeks ago, according to the Observatory.

Turkey views the main Kurdish militia in Afrin as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency within its own borders.