Turkey neutralizes four PKK militiamen in Syria

Orient Net 2020-03-18 11:58:00

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The Turkish army "neutralized" four YPG/PKK militiamen in northern Syria after they came under the harassing fire of terrorists in areas of the country's cross-border anti-terror operations, said the National Defense Ministry on Wednesday (March 18).

The harassing fires came in the areas where Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Peace Spring, the ministry said on Twitter.

It further affirmed that anti-terror operations will continue resolutely.

Turkish authorities generally use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Meanwhile, YPG artillery shells targeted on Wednesday afternoon densely populated neighborhoods in Afrin city, killing four civilians and injuring 15 others.

During the last four days, the Turkish army neutralized 23 YPG/PKK militiamen in northern Syria.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor, enable peaceful settlement by locals, and protect civilians from attacks: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019).