Water cut in Syria's Afrin as Turkey completes encirclement

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Notwithstanding a rise in tensions between Brussels and Ankara - recently exacerbated by Turkey's increasingly aggressive stance toward Greece and Cyprus - the European Commission will be approving an additional 3 billion euros in funding for Syrian refugees living in Turkey, EU officials said on Wednesday.

His statement was clarified by a source after Erdogan was initially quoted as saying that he hoped that "Afrin will have completely fallen by the evening".

"We have got a little bit closer to Afrin".

More than 1,220 civilians - a fifth of them children - have been killed since the launch of the offensive. Turkey has always been pressing the U.S.to push the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to withdraw from Manbij to the eastern Euphrates.

Around 350,000 people live in the city, including families displaced from other parts of the enclave.

On January 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear the YPG and Daesh from the region of Afrin, near Turkey's southern border.

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The two ministers also said Bashar Assad's government and his allies "bear overwhelming responsibility for the destruction of the country, its infrastructure and the lives of its people".

Turkish airstrikes killed at least eight pro-government militiamen, deployed to help the YPG, south of Afrin, according to the Kurdish military group. Why don't they cry tears for all Syrian civilians, not only some?

Moscow and Damascus say their forces only target armed militants and seek to stop mortar attacks by insurgents that killed dozens of people in the capital.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The Syrian government has been trying to capture eastern Ghouta, the last big opposition-held area near Damascus, in a fierce offensive that began in mid-February.

Despite these reports, the Turkish military has made no mention of civilian casualties and claims that only "terrorists and shelters, gun emplacements, weapons, tools and equipment belonging to them have been targeted during the operation".

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