World Bulletin / News Desk
According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, the village of Kharab Summak in Rajo town was now clear of all terrorists.
Earlier Thursday, the villages of Diwan Al Fawqani, Karri, Sharbanli and Shadia, located northwest of the town of Rajo. were cleared of PYD/PKK terrorists during ongoing Operation Olive Branch.
Additionally, Durakli village, located in Bulbul town in northern Afrin, was also liberated earlier Thursday during the operation.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.
Since the beginning of the operation, 62 different strategic areas have been captured from the clutches of terrorists. They include a town center, 41 villages, three rural areas and 17 strategic mountains or hills.
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 oppression and cruelty of terrorists.
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 has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and "utmost care” is being taken to avoid harming civilians.
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.