Turkish troops killed a total of 287 militants in the first four days of Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin, the Turkish General Staff said Wednesday.
“During the air operation in Afrin today [Jan. 24], our Air Force hit 47 targets of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, Kurdish Self-Defense Forces and Daesh [IS] terrorist organizations. A total of 27 aircraft participated, all of them safely returned to the bases,” the General Staff said in a statement.
The statement added that a total of 287 terrorists were killed during the four days of the Olive Branch operation, that started on Saturday in the wake of reports that the United States announced the intention create the north of Syria a security force that would include Kurdish militants.
The beginning of the Olive Branch Operation was announced on January 20 when Ankara’s Armed Forces started an offensive against some groups of Syrian Kurds in the enclave of Afrin, which Ankara considers to be terrorist.
Damascus condemned Turkey’s actions in Afrin, noting that it is an inherent part of Syria. Russia, commenting on the situation in Africa called on all parties to restrain and respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria.