Close to 2,000 terrorists neutralized since start of Turkey's Afrin op
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Close to 2,000 terrorists neutralized since start of Turkey's Afrin op

Military is taking utmost care to avoid harming any civilians during operation, army says

News Service AA, Yeni Şafak

A total of 1,951 PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

In a statement, the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had neutralized 1,931 terrorists earlier in the day.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The military also said only terror targets are being destroyed and the "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Religious and cultural buildings, as well as ancient and archeologic remnants within the scope of the operation are not targeted by the Turkish army during the ongoing operation, the statement said.

The Turkish army also does not use weapons not permitted by international law or accords.

Since the beginning of the operation, 32 soldiers were martyred, 183 others injured.

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