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Turkey, FSA clear 16 more villages in Afrin

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-Daesh terrorists from Afrin

Meryem Göktaş   | 11.03.2018
Turkey, FSA clear 16 more villages in Afrin Free Syrian Army members are seen after Turkish Armed Forces and FSA members cleared Khalidiah village in the northeastern Sharan district from PYD/PKK-Daesh terrorists within the "Operation Olive Branch" in Afrin, Syria on March 11, 2018 (Beha el Halebi-Anadolu Agency )


By Adham Kako and Eshref Musa

AFRIN, Syria/ANKARA, Turkey

The Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) liberated 16 more villages and a strategic mountain in Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Sunday.

According to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground, Turkish troops and the FSA cleared the villages of Jagmaq Saghir, Alameda, Khalidiah and Jalbul and Kafr Batna, close to the Afrin center.

Qeretepe and Pastel Kisk villages in Sheran, northeast of the city of Afrin, and Ka'n Kurk village in Jinderes district, were also cleared of terrorists.

Later on Sunday, eight more villages – Khujamanli, Savan Kabir, and Chencheylan in the northwestern Rajo district, Tallaf and Qujaman in the southwestern Jinderes district, Sulqli and Alibey in the northern Bulbul district, and Kawkabah near Afrin’s center -- were cleared of terrorists.

Bocite Mount was also captured during the operations.

A strategic airport called Bablite, located between Jinderes and Afrin, was liberated from terrorists.

Since the beginning of the operation, Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces have freed 189 locations, including five town centers, 151 villages, and 33 strategic areas.

Meanwhile, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) continue to dispatch humanitarian aid to the villages liberated from the terrorist organization YPG/PKK.

TAF performed first-aid to the terrorist group members wounded in Bocite Mount and sent them to Turkey in an armored ambulance, AA correspondent reported.

Turkish troops provided humanitarian aid to the civilians who were taken from Kafr Safra to Hasirki region.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from the 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.

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