Turkey's General Staff: Nearly 900 terrorists killed in Operation Olive Branch

03 February, 2018, 11:27 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Police and firefighters work at the scene of a bomb attack at a tax office at the residential and business district of Cukurambar in Ankara Turkey late Thursday Feb. 1 2018. The explosion which did not cause any casualties in the Turkish capital

Ozer was taken to the Kirikhan State Hospital in the border province of Hatay.

Turkish authorities on Friday ordered the detention of 13 people for supporting the national medical association online, the newspaper Hurriyet reported, after the organisation publicly opposed a military campaign in Syria. Turkey considers the YPG, the armed wing of the PYD, to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

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Since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, 897 terrorists have been killed, Turkey's General Staff said in a message February 3.

Turkey's military launched an incursion into northern Syria's Afrin region against the US -backed YPG militia two weeks ago.

Turkish operations, including airstrikes against targets in Afrin, are ongoing.

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The SDF has accused Ankara of staging attack against civilians living in the Turkish border areas and trying to frame the SDF to justify its own attacks on the SDF-held Afrin.

Turkish forces have been carrying out a clearance operation against the insurgents to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders.

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