At least nine civilians were killed and more than 24 injured on Wednesday by Turkish bombing on Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, a medical source at al-Salam Hospital in Qamishli reported.
“Most of the injuries are in critical condition and all medical personnel has been alerted,” the source told reports.
The source pointed out that there is a shortage of donor blood, and that there are attempts to obtain them from donors, stressing at the same time that the hospital is still able to receive the full injuries.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Turkish Defence Ministry announced the beginning of the ground incursion of areas controlled by the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, hours after starting its broader military assault with shelling and airstrikes.
The Turkish ministry also added in a tweet that the Turkish army has bombed 181 targets of Kurdish militants since the start of the operation in northern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that his country had launched a military operation in northern Syria against the Kurdish forces that Ankara deems as terrorists and separatists.
Turkey launched the ground incursion operation with the help of the Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria, which have recently joined force under the umbrella of the so-called Syrian National Army. Many of these troops are former members of the organisation called the Free Syrian Army, which has been attacking Syria since 2012.
Turkey sees the YPG (People’s Protection Units, a Kurdish militia) and the SDF as separatists and terrorists, citing their links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a Kurdish separatist militant organisation which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.
The Turkish army began its new operation after the United States announced on Monday that it would withdraw its troops from northeastern Syria, following a decision of the US President Donald Trump.
It is worth noting that the presence of US forces in Syria is and always has been in violation of international law, as they had not received permission from the Syrian Arab Republic nor a UN mandate for their deployment.
The YPG and SDF are former allies of the US in the fight against Daesh, but is also infamous for attacking the Syrian Arab Army and conducting campaigns of ethnic violence against Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians in the area under their control.