Residents of Afrin were seen with luggage on the city's streets on Wednesday, after reports said Turkish forces had shelled the city centre. A pall of grey smoke was seen rising into the sky. Media reports say an increasing number of residents are escaping the city, as the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army continue their efforts to encircle the centre of Afrin. Turkish President Recep... Еще Tayyip Erdogan announced his hope that this would be accomplished by nightfall on Wednesday. The operation in and around Afrin is part of the Turkish-led 'Olive Branch' military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria.