1028 militants 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation: Turkish military

Michele Moreno
February 10, 2018

Turkish warplanes have launched a new wave of bombing of Kurdish militia targets in Syria's Afrin region, the military said on Friday, and a monitoring group said the strikes killed seven fighters and two civilians.

The local government in Afrin accused Turkey of creating a "humanitarian crisis" by killing at least 160 people and displacing tens of thousands since the start of its three-week-old offensive.

In a statement the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had destroyed 19 targets and "neutralized" 34 more YPG militants in overnight airstrikes on February 9. The raids began at midnight, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Reportedly, the parties will discuss the Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin during the meeting.

1028 militants 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation: Turkish military

The Turkish military has said only "terror targets" are being destroyed in the operation, but Syrian Kurds said that villages full of civilians have also been repeatedly hit, with reports of more than a hundred killed.

The Turkish raid against Washington-backed forces comes two days after the USA attacked pro-Damascus forces in the western Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr, reportedly killing more than 100 of them as the fighters were engaged in an anti-Daesh operation. The attacks have displaced around 60,000 people, she added.

Turkey on January 20 launched its operation into the northwestern district of Afrin to remove the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The SDF, which is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has consistently accused Turkey of supporting IS militants in northern Syria, where the US -led coalition has helped the SDF to drive the jihadists from swathes of territory.

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