Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters walk in the village of Deir Sawwan, northeast of the town of Afrin near the border with Turkey after they took control of the village on February 21, 2018. / AFP / Nazeer al-Khatib
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Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party accused the government of "spreading misinformation" about no civilian deaths in its latest Syrian offensive Thursday, calling on Ankara to halt the operation.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 112 civilians have been killed since the operation began on Jan. 20 -- a claim which Ankara denies, insisting the Turkish army is taking the "utmost care" to avoid civilian casualties.Ankara says the YPG is a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is proscribed as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies. More than 200 pro-Ankara rebels and 209 YPG members have been killed since the Afrin operation began, the Syrian Observatory has said.
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