On both sides of the Syrian-Turkish border, families are mourning the deaths of loved ones, after the latest expansion of Syria’s Civil War.Turkey is now fighting Kurdish forces in northern Syria, alongside the Free Syrian Army, which emerged to fight the Syrian government in 2011 and has in part been backed by the United States. Reyhanli, Turkey, is one town along the border caught in the crossfire,where at least four people have been killed and dozens have been wounded, since January 20th. This girl lost her grandfather when a rocket hit their car near a butcher shop.
“I was supposed to go to the city center to buy the meat but my father wanted to go.My father, my mother, my daughter and my aunt were all in the car.”
Hussein’s family fled Syria after a barrel bomb killed their neighbors, 16 people on one day.But not many details can be confirmed about the current conflict in Afrin, as it is nearly inaccessible to journalists.The closest we get is on the other side of the hills travelling with the Turkish government. Turkey says it’s fighting to secure its borders from Kurdish forces.Syrian rebel fighters say they want to prevent Kurds from declaring an independent state.
“They had a dream to make their own country in Syria and this is impossible.From the Syrian revolutionary side, it is impossible to separate Syria.”
Civilians as well as soldiers from all sides have been killed and ethnic tensions are soaring. Pictures taken from inside Afrin appear to show mass protests and scores of casualties.Turkish authorities say three more people were killed on Tuesday,when a rocket hit a refugee camp outside the battle zone.
Heather Murdock VOA News Reyhanli Turkey.