Number of Civilians Killed in Turkish Operation in Syria Reportedly Reaches 86
The Turkish offensive has caused damage to civilian infrastructure, including residential buildings and archaeological sites, the outlet added.
Ankara started its operation “Olive Branch” in Afrin on January 20. According to the Turkish leadership, the operation was aimed at clearing the country’s border with Syria from terrorist presence. Ankara considers the People’s Protection Units (YPG), part of the SDF, being linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as terrorist organization in Turkey.
Damascus has expressed its opposition to the Turkish operation, saying that the operation violated Syrian sovereignty.