Turkish artillery shelling and airstrikes killed 12 civilians, including children, and injured 10 more amid stepped up operations to oust Islamic State from the Syrian city of al-Bab, a monitoring group reported on Friday.
It confirmed that there were airstrikes in the area, which is east of Aleppo city.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which monitors the conflict, the Turkish military and rebel groups it backs, have started a new attack on al-Bab.
“Turkey dispatched 300 additional commandos to the border area on Thursday,’’ it noted.
The Turkish operation has focused on Islamic State while also attacking Kurdish-allied groups in northern Syria, trying to prevent the Kurds from connecting territories they control.
In close proximity, the Syrian government has continued its advance inside Aleppo city, seizing most of the opposition-held pockets from rebel forces.