Turkey, Free Syrian Army clear 2 villages in NW Syria

Ramadiyah, Hamelika villages of Jinderes district liberated during Operation Olive Branch

Turkey, Free Syrian Army clear 2 villages in NW Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

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

The villages of Ramadiyah and Hamelika of Jinderes district located southwest of Afrin were liberated, Anadolu Agency correspondents on the field reported.

Since Feb. 26, a crescent-shaped corridor, stretching along northwestern Idlib province and Aleppo province’s Azaz district, has cut terrorists’ connection with Turkey’s border.

Since the launch of the operation on Jan. 20, Turkish military and the FSA liberated 122 locations including one center of a district, 93 villages, 21 strategic mountains and hills and one YPG/PKK base.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-ISIL 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.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mart 2018, 10:59