4th May, 2022
Turkey “neutralised’’ at 24 members of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.
This happened after a Turkish soldier was killed in a missile attack in the area, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.
The missile attack was launched in Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch zone in northern Syria,
Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralise’’ to imply “terrorists’’ were killed, wounded, or captured in security operations.
The tension between YPG and the Turkish military quickened after the YPG attacked a police checkpoint in Mare.
Mare is a settlement in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone with anti-tank weapons on April 22, killing one Turkish police officer.
Turkish forces and the YPG members often exchange fire on the Syrian border.
The Turkish army 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 said the operations aimed to eliminate terror threats against Turkey and provide a safe zone that would facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.
Ankara sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for more than three decades. (Xinhua/NAN)