Three YPG members arrested in Turkey after being captured in Afrin during ‘Operation Olive Branch’

Three YPG members arrested in Turkey after being captured in Afrin during ‘Operation Olive Branch’

HATAY - Anadolu Agency
Three YPG members arrested in Turkey after being captured in Afrin during ‘Operation Olive Branch’

Seven members of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been captured by Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army in Afrin during “Operation Olive Branch.”

Three of the militants were arrested after being brought over the border to the southern Turkish province of Hatay’s Reyhanlı district on Jan. 25, while four still remain in custody.

The YPG militants reportedly told the court that they received arms training for 45 days before they were caught in the village of Adamanli.

“There were around 30 militants in Adamanli before the operation. As Turkish tanks rolled into the village, all militants fled,” one reportedly said.

Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” in Afrin on Jan. 20 to target militants of the YPG, which Turkey sees as linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

YPG, arrest, Operation Olive Branch