By Omer Koparan
Twelve people were injured Friday in attacks by the PYD/PKK at two hospitals in a district of Syria on Turkey’s border.
The PYD/PKK terrorist organization, in Syria’s Afrin province, opened artillery fires on two hospitals -- psychiatry hospital and maternity hospital -- in Syria’s Azez in Aleppo province.
According to initial reports, 12 mental patients were injured, including four seriously wounded, authorities of the psychiatry hospital told Anadolu Agency.
Injured patients were sent to near hospitals from the building which was heavily damaged.
The second fire attack which hit near the maternity hospital did not cause any loss or injuries.
Security forces in Azez said that the PYD/PKK terrorist group’s attacks, from Afrin, targeting civilians in Azez have increased recently.
The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.
Since the mid-1980s, the PKK has waged a wide-ranging terror campaign against the Turkish state in which an estimated 40,000 people have been killed.
An operation in Afrin -- a region bordering Turkey's Hatay and Kilis provinces -- is widely expected in the wake of Turkey's successful seven-month Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, which ended in March 2017.
The Bashar al-Assad regime handed over Afrin to the PYD/PKK without putting up a fight, and there are currently some 8,000-10,000 terrorists in the area, according to information gathered by Anadolu Agency.
After Turkey warned of their presence in Afrin, terrorists are now hiding out in shelters and pits in residential areas there.