At least 18 Kurdish fighters battling the so-called Islamic State in Syria have been killed in air strikes by Turkey.
The Popular Protection Units (YPG) militia said its positions were hit by multiple strikes early on Tuesday.
The group is backed by the United States, which sees it as a key component of the fight against IS.
But Turkey said it hit “terror hubs” linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organisation, said a dawn strike on Tuesday morning targeted Kurdish positions in Hassakeh province in north-east Syria, hitting a media centre and radio station.
A separate series of strikes hit a base near Sinjar in northern Iraq, close to the Syrian border, killing at least six fighters from the Peshmerga, the military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
In a statement, the Peshmerga – which has friendly relations with Turkey – said that …