Turkish forces encircle Kurdish-held city
Turkish forces and allied rebels announced the encirclement of the Syrian city of Afrin on Tuesday in a major escalation of a weekslong offensive to oust Kurdish militants from the area.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel proxies had surrounded the city.
Kurdish officials, however, said that only parts of the city were besieged.
The renewed push follows rapid advances by Turkish-backed rebels against Kurdish militants in recent days.
Turkey, which is fighting Kurdish insurgents at home, says Kurdish-controlled territory in Syria poses a threat to its national security. Afrin has been under Kurdish control since 2012.