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More civilian causalities due to Turkish operation in Afrin

More civilian causalities due to Turkish operation in Afrin More civilian causalities due to Turkish operation in Afrin
| 04 February, 2018, 02:16

On the Syrian side of the border, intense fighting broke out near Afrin as Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighter tried to advance further in the Kurdish enclave.

A Syrian militant in the area told The Associated Press that the Russian pilot was shot and killed when he resisted capture.

Videos seen by Al Jazeera appear to show FSA fighters standing over her body in a village near the Turkish border.

F-16 fighters of the Turkish Air Force are involved in the operation, inflicting strikes on the positions of PYD/YPG on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Turkey says it has killed some 900 Kurdish fighters, but this can not be independently verified.

Most of the civilians killed are Syrians displaced by conflict in other areas of the country, according to the PYD, the ruling political party in Rojava, northern Syria.


Turkish General Staff on Saturday informed that around 900 terrorists were "neutralised" in an operation against the insurgents in Syria's Afrin region.

The terrorists attacked an outpost in southern Kilis province with anti-tank missiles on Saturday, killing one soldier and injuring five others, with two in critical condition.

Meanwhile, one Turkish tank was targeted by YPG militants as one Turkish soldier was killed in the attack.

Turkey has now lost 14 soldiers in fierce clashes during the offensive.

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

Kalin called on the United States to "disengage" from the YPG and said Turkey will continue communications with "our American allies to avoid any confrontation".

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