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Turkey finds YPG/PKK mine storage facility in N Syria

Turkey continues minesweeping in Operation Peace Spring area, says Defense Ministry

Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak   | 10.11.2019
Turkey finds YPG/PKK mine storage facility in N Syria

ANKARA

Turkey found a mine warfare training and storage facility belonging to YPG/PKK terrorist organization during search and sweep operations in northern Syria, said the Defense Ministry on Sunday.

“Our commandos have discovered a mine warfare training and storage facility during search and sweeping operations in the south of Tal Abyad,” said the ministry in a statement.

Turkey finds YPG/PKK mine storage facility in N Syria

Turkey continues minesweeping in Operation Peace Spring area, says Defense Ministry

The mines were placed in civilian-majority residential areas, and metal fragments and bearings were used to ensure maximum casualties, the ministry said.

“The incendiary devices inside the storage facility were disabled along with other weapons and ammunition,” it added.

Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

Ankara and Washington reached a deal on Oct. 17 to pause the operation for 120 hours to allow the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the planned safe zone.

On Oct. 22, Turkey reached an agreement with Russia to force the terrorist YPG/PKK to withdraw from a planned safe zone.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.

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