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Turkish-led fire near hospital in Syria's Afrin, one dead: monitor


Turkish-led bombardment left at least one person dead and several others wounded near the main hospital in the Syrian town of today, a monitor and military force said.

The border areas in Syria's northwest region of have been battered by air strikes, artillery and rocket fire since and allied Syrian rebels began their assault on the district three weeks ago.

Strikes on the central town of are rarer, but a barrage of artillery and rockets struck it on Tuesday morning, AFP's correspondents there said.

The for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said it left at least one person dead.

"At least one person was killed and four others wounded when Turkish forces and allied factions fired artillery and rockets on Afrin city, including near the entrance of the hospital," said the Observatory.

The broader Afrin region is held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which has received US backing but is considered by to be a "terror group".

confirmed to AFP that one person had been killed in bombardment near the hospital.

The is the main medical facility in the area and has been overwhelmed by civilians seeking treatment there.

and allied Syrian factions launched their offensive on January 20, saying they aimed to clear the from the border area and other towns further east.

has repeatedly insisted it is taking all the necessary precautions to avoid harming civilians and says there have been no civilian casualties to date.

The Observatory, however, has said more than 70 civilians have been killed in the operation so far.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:45 IST