Turkey ‘neutralizes’ 50 YPG members in Syria: ministry

Ankara, April 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Turkish army has launched an operation against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria in response to the murder of a Turkish policeman, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

At least 50 YPG members have been “neutralized” in ongoing operations in the region so far, he added on Saturday.

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralized” to imply “terrorists” killed, injured or captured during security operations, Xinhua news agency reported.

Turkey launched the operation after the YPG attacked a police checkpoint in the Mare settlement in the Operation Euphrates Shield area with anti-tank weapons and killed Turkish policeman Aytac Altinors on Friday. , according to the press release.

The YPG fired at Turkish military bases in northern Syria as the attack on the police checkpoint was launched, he added.

Turkish forces and YPG members often exchange fire on the Syrian border, and tension has increased in the area since early January, after three Turkish soldiers were killed in a bomb blast on the Turkish-Turkish border. Syrian.

The Turkish military launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Operation Olive Branch in 2018, Operation Peace Spring in 2019, and Operation Spring Shield in 2020 in northern Syria.

Turkish authorities say the operations aim to eliminate terrorist threats against Turkey and provide a safe zone that will facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.

Ankara regards the YPG as the Syrian branch of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for more than three decades.

Source: IANS


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