Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has announced that five civilians have been killed and more than 100 others injured in 82 rocket attacks from across the Syrian border since the start of a military operation in northwestern Syria on Jan.20.
The Turkish military and Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin against the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey sees as the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Speaking during a ground-breaking ceremony in Ankara on Friday, Yıldırım said: “Those cowards [the PYD forces] fired a total of 82 rockets from Afrin against [Turkish provinces] Kilis and Hatay in 12 days. Five of our citizens were killed and more than 100 others were injured due to these rockets.”
The prime minister said Turkish military forces destroyed the PYDand PKK’s tunnels and positions, adding, “We will destroy them all.”
In the meantime, two civilians were killed while 18 others were injured in nine rocket attacks from Syria targeting the Turkish border cities of Reyhanlı and Kilis on Friday.