Operation Olive Branch: 7 Turkish soldiers martyred

Violet Powell
February 4, 2018

Five of the troops died when their tank was attacked near Afrin.

The army said that one of the soldiers was killed in a clash and another on the border area, without giving further details.

The statement said that since the beginning of the operation 13 Turkish soldiers had been martyred and 57 wounded.

Mevlut Cavusoglu and Nurettin Canikli called Sarp Ozer, who injured his hand and leg when PYD/PKK's rocket and mortar attack struck Hatay province, where he was covering Turkey's ongoing operation in Syria's Afrin region on Friday.

Rudaw said they could not independently verify the video.

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Immediately after the attack at Sheikh Haruz, an air operation targeting terrorist shelters, hideouts and weapon emplacements in the area was launched at 5.52 p.m. local time (1452GMT).

"The Turkish government should issue standard instructions to the border guards at all crossing points that lethal force must not be used against asylum seekers and no asylum seeker is to be mistreated, but should be given access to medical aid when required", HRW said. "There is not much to go", he said.

Turkey has taken more Syrian refugees than any other nation. But the group said, "Turkey's generous hosting of large numbers of Syrians does not absolve it of its responsibility to help those seeking protection at its borders".

Signs and banners included portraits of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who has been detained since 1999 on Imrali Prison Island off Istanbul.

The offensive by Washington's fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Ankara on a US-allied force has even raised fears of a military confrontation between two alliance powers.

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