At least 12 children were killed in northern Syria by the regime and Turkish forces on Friday, a war monitor and medical groups said.
In Tell Rifaat, shelling by Turkish and allied Syrian rebel forces killed nine civilians, eight of whom were children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
The munitions fell near a school and wounded 21 people, some critically, with the death toll expected to rise as more people succumb to their wounds.
In photos shared with the SOHR, several lifeless children can be seen lying in body bags. Others are lying on stretchers, with severe wounds and blood-stained clothes.
In one photo, a young child’s leg has been partially ripped from his body.
Tell Rifaat is home to a large number of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been forced to flee advancing Turkish forces.
Turkey has launched a series of cross-border offensives against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, a group which it classifies as a terrorist organisation for its links to Kurdish separatists in Turkey.
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SOURCE: The Independent, Gemma Fox