Turkey launched a military assault against Afrin three years ago. The Kurdish city of Afrin (Efrin) in northern Syria was occupied on 20 January 2018 by the Turkish military and its affiliated forces.
There were almost a million civilians living in the north-eastern Syrian city at the time, but hundreds of civilians were reportedly killed after the clashes began. Hundreds of families fled from Afrin due to the Turkish military assault and the attacks of the Turkish state sponsored forces.
Thousands of refugees from Afrin, currently living in in Raqqa (Reqa), Shehba (Şehba) and Qamişlo region of northeastern Syria, held a march on 18 January to protest against the continuing occupation of Afrin.