649 militants ‘neutralized’ in Turkey’s ongoing operation in Syria’s Afrin: Turkish military
“Some 649 targets of the PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party], KCK [Kurdistan Communities Union], PYD/YPG [Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party/People’s Protection Units], and ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] terror organizations have been destroyed,” the army said in its statement.
“The only ones being targeted are terrorists, and any shelters, pits, weapons, vehicles, and equipment that belong to them,” it said.
In addition to the hill, 15 villages, six residential areas and 21 locations, including five strategic hills and mountains, were seized in five of Afrin’s regions.
The Turkish Armed Forces also reportedly distributed fliers prepared in three languages to Afrin locals, calling for "solidarity against terror groups” and restating its policy that “Afrin belongs to its locals.”