By Omer Koparan
CHOBAN BAYK, Syria
Turkey’s National Education Ministry has sent 3.6 million textbooks to schools in northern Syria, the ministry said Thursday.
The books were delivered to a logistics center run by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) in Choban Bayk, or also known as al-Rai, a small town in Aleppo province.
Some 360,000 students from primary, secondary and high schools will use the textbooks, which include Arabic and English grammar books as well as science, math, physics and chemistry books.
The books will be sent to schools in Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab, Azaz and Mare districts and Ahtarin town, areas where Turkish forces have conducted two major military operations against terrorist groups YPG/PKK and Daesh.
Operation Euphrates Shield, which began in August in 2016 and ended in March 2017, eliminated terrorists along the Syrian border.
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to free Afrin of YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists. On March 18, Turkish troops and the Free Syrian Army liberated the Afrin district center.