14 soldiers and fighters killed in Turkish Afrin Operation: minister – Xinhua

ANKARA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — At least 14 people were killed and 130 others wounded during Turkey’s military operation in Kurdish enclave in Afrin province of Syria, a Turkish minister said.

Among the dead, three of them were members of the Turkish army, 11 others were fighters from Turkey-backed Free Syria Army (FSA), the Minister of Health Ahmet Demircan told reporters on Friday.

Some 130 wounded were brought to Turkey for treatment, he added.

At least 343 “terrorists” were killed since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Afrin region of Syria, the Turkish military said Friday.

Turkish forces on Jan. 20 launched the cross-border land operation to fight the Syrian Kurdish militia, targeting the YPG elements in the Kurdish enclave with Free Syrian Army fighters through airstrikes and land forces.

YPG is the military wing of the PYD, a group in northern Syria that Ankara has deemed a “terror group” for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.


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Publish date : 2018-01-26 08:47:05

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