The non-governmental organization said that at least 16 people, including 11 civilians, were killed in the attack on the Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, and a hospital in an area controlled by anti-Turkish rebels was bombed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) stated that a doctor, three medical staff, three women and a child, and a rebel commander were the victims of the bombing that targeted al-Chifaa hospital.
“They targeted a few blocks of the city and attacked a hospital,” said SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahmane.
The NGO said: “Most victims were killed in hospital explosions,” adding that due to the large number of injured, the death toll may rise.
According to SOHR, the attacks were carried out from Aleppo province, “where militias loyal to the regime of Iranian and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are located”.
The statement was issued by the Syrian Democratic Forces Alliance, whose main force is Kurds, and denied participating in the attack.
The Afrin Kurdish area in Aleppo province was conquered by Turkish troops along with its Syrian allies in March 2018, and Kurdish militias were expelled from there.
On Thursday, the Syrian regime’s army launched an attack in Idraib province in northwestern Syria, killing at least 12 people, the last jihadist stronghold in Syria.
The Syrian war began in 2011 to suppress democratic protests and escalated into a complex war involving foreign forces, jihadist groups, and many different militias.
According to data from SOHR, nearly 500,000 people were killed in the conflict, millions were internally displaced, and millions were forced into exile.