Three Turkish soldiers killed in attacks in Syria's Afrin, Turkey's Kilis

Saul Bowman
February 4, 2018

Turkish forces destroyed PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorist shelters, hideouts and weapon emplacements in an air operation as part of the ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin on Saturday, according to a Turkish General Staff statement, APA reports quoting Anadolu.

It came as Turkey's military pushed ahead with a cross-border offensive into an enclave in northern Syria to rout a Syrian Kurdish militia group it says is linked to outlawed Kurdish rebels in Turkey.

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, seven civilians have been killed in mortar fire on the Turkish side of the border that Ankara blames on the YPG.

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

Shouting "Erdogan, dictator" and "silence kills", the demonstrators - some of whom came by coach from the Netherlands, Austria and Germany - went to the Council of Europe before reaching Strasbourg's city centre, an AFP journalist saw.

One protester, Suleyman Akguc, told Agence France-Presse: "We want to sound the alarm because the Kurds in Afrin have fought against the Islamic State and are being massacred today".

Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said Turkish troops also shelled the town of Jandrees and nearby areas.

Turkey has taken in more Syrian refugees than any other country, granting many temporary protection status and providing them with basic services, including medical care and education. The group also reported that Kurdish fighters struck a vehicle inflicting casualties among Turkey-backed fighters.

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