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Syria, bombs dropped north of Aleppo. Women and children among the victims

The Kurdish areas north of Aleppo, Syria, have been hit by bombings. Humanitarian organisations denounce this is a clear violation of the cease-fire.

A pregnant woman and three kids are among the 18 victims of the bombing carried out in Sheikh Maqsud, north of Aleppo, on 5 April. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), 70 people were injured, 30 of which are children. The NGO, based in London but boasting a dense network all over Syria, underlines that the attack is a clear violation of the cease-fire agreement came into effect last month, aimed at easing negotiations mediated by the international community.

 

Sheikh Maqsud, a Kurdish-majority area home to about 50,000 people, is right in the middle of the lands owned by the army and those controlled by anti-governmental fighters. The news was also reported by Syrian news agency Sana, according to which the attack injured more than 100. Bombings carried out by rebels, including Ahrar al Shams, ally of Al Qaeda in Syria, continued for many hours. According to SOHR Director Rami Abdel Rahman, “their objective is conquering the area, in order to carry out direct attacks against security forces”.

 


Kurdish communities, which represent about 15 per cent of the Syrian population, uselessly tried to back out of the ongoing military conflict, avoiding to side in favour or against Damask’s government. However, the expansion of the Islamic State in many areas in northern Syria forced Kurdish people to act to protect their towns and villages besieged by extremists armed groups. On 17 March, Kurdish movements, including the Democratic Union Party (PYD), announced the creation of an autonomous federation inclusive of Al Jazeera, Kobani, and Afrin.

 

The Kurdish party has been excluded by peace talks in Geneva, upon request of Turkey, which accuses it of being linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered to be just like a terrorist movement by Ankara.

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