Amnesty Accuses Turkey of War Crimes in Syria
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Amnesty Accuses Turkey of War Crimes in Syria

Amnesty accused Ankara’s forces of “serious violations and war crimes, summary killings and unlawful attacks” in the operation launched on October 9. There was no immediate response from Ankara, which announced a suspension of the attacks late Thursday, but it claims all possible measures have been taken to avoid civilian casualties. The offensive has killed at least 72 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “Turkish military forces and a coalition of Turkey-backed Syrian armed groups have displayed a shameful disregard for civilian life,” Amnesty said. The charges were based on the testimony of 17 people including medical, aid and rescue workers, journalists and displaced people, as well as video footage, it said. “The information gathered provides damning evidence of indiscriminate attacks in residential areas, including attacks on a home, a bakery and a school, carried out by Turkey and allied Syrian armed groups,” Amnesty said. Kumi Naidoo, the organization’s secretary general, said Turkish forces and their allies had “displayed an utterly callous disregard for civilian lives”. The report included testimony of a Kurdish Red Crescent worker who said he removed bodies from the wreckage of a Turkish air strike near a school in Salhiye on October 12. “I couldn’t tell if they were boys or girls because their corpses were black. They looked like charcoal,” the rescue worker was quoted as saying. It also said Kurdish female politician Hevrin Khalaf and her bodyguard were summarily executed by members of the so-called “Syrian National Army”, a Turkish-funded and -trained group. At least two more executions of Kurdish fighters were confirmed, while Turkey’s Syrian allies had kidnapped two employees of a local medical organization, Amnesty said.

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