MİDDLE EAST

Operation Olive Branch liberates 5 more villages in Afrin

Since launch of Operation Olive Branch, 180 villages have been liberated so far from terrorists

Anadolu Agency

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Tuesday liberated five more villages from YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists during Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents in the field, the villages of Maghar Juqq and Darmashkanli in Shaykh al-Hadid district, located west of Afrin, were cleared of YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists.

Later on Tuesday, Ma’sar Juqq village in Mabatli district, Qarah Bash in Jinderes, and Kafr Dali at-Tahtani in the Afrin district were also liberated.

Since the launch of the operation, the Turkish military and FSA have liberated 217 locations, including five town centers, 180 villages, 37 strategic mountains and hills, and one YPG/PKK base.

PKK/PYD terrorists block evacuation of civilians from Afrin
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PKK/PYD terrorists block evacuation of civilians from Afrin

Drone footage shows terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)'s Syrian offshoot, the PYD, as they block civilians' attempts to evacuate Afrin through a humanitarian corridor set up by Turkey. A long line of cars can be seen forming near the city's exit as PKK/PYD terrorists, who use civilians as human shields, force them to turn back.

According to Bekir Bozdağ on Monday, deputy prime minister and government spokesperson, the operation has liberated a total of 1,102 square kilometers from the terrorist threat.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

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 that "utmost care" is being taken to avoid harming civilians.

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