Turkey brings peace to Afrin with Olive Branch op
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Turkey brings peace to Afrin with Olive Branch op

Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch managed to clear entire cities from terrorist elements and restored peace and security in the process, whereas iconic urban centers such as Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa and Eastern Ghouta where leveled to the ground

News Service Yeni Şafak

As with the Euphrates Shield operation before it, Turkey has once again brought peace to Syria’s Afrin by displaying the utmost care not to harm any innocent civilians during Operation Olive Branch, which managed to rescue residents in the northwestern Syrian region after they were used as human shields by the U.S., Assad and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists.

US, Assad, PKK destroy cities

Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch managed to clear entire cities from terrorist elements and restored peace and security in the process, whereas iconic urban centers such as Aleppo, Idlib, Raqqa and Eastern Ghouta where leveled to the ground by the invading U.S., Assad and PKK terrorists.

Turkey makes Afrin habitable again

In the wide-ranging Euphrates Shield Operation launched in August 2016, the Free Syrian Army -- with the support of the Turkish army -- had cleared 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of land along the Turkish-Syrian border of terrorist elements, including the cities of Jarabulus and al-Bab, which were undamaged, enabling 150,000 Syrian refugees to return home.

Turkey constructed schools and hospitals in the area which helped increase the region’s population by nine-fold.

Turkish agency distributes humanitarian aid to Afrin residents
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Turkish agency distributes humanitarian aid to Afrin residents

Teams from Turkey's humanitarian aid agency İHH distributed food and hygiene packets in Afrin's southwestern town of Kavkabah. The aid agency has taken all means and measures in the scope of Operation Olive Branch. The food packets were distributed to the civilians returning to their homes after the Turkish army and the Free Syrian Army liberated the area.

Afrin’s turn to receive Turkish aid

The care shown by Turkey during the Afrin operation has set a world standard in how military campaigns should be carried out, by minimizing civilian casualties despite PKK/PYD terrorists using innocents as human shields.

After the region was cleared from terrorists, Turkish civil organizations began distributing humanitarian aid to Afrin residents who began to return to their towns and villages.

Nine new camps are being set up in the region by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD), which, when complete, will house 170,000 Afrin residents.

Bomb planted by PKK kills 11 in Syria’s Afrin
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Bomb planted by PKK kills 11 in Syria’s Afrin

A bomb blast in a four-storey building in Afrin in northwest Syria killed seven civilians and four Free Syrian Army members on Monday. The explosion occurred after Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) entered into the town on Sunday, declaring full control after an eight-week operation to drive out PYD/PKK terrorists.

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army took control of the Afrin town center early on Sunday as part of Operation Olive Branch, which was launched on Jan. 20 to clear the area of YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists.

The Afrin town center is now under total control of Turkish and FSA in its north, east and western regions.

The town center Mabatli was also liberated from terrorists by the Turkish troops.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation has aimed 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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