Turkey continues to shell YPG targets in Afrin on third day of operation
KİLİS – Anadolu Agency
The artillery fire could be heard from the city center in Kilis as well as in some villages of the neighboring province of Hatay.
The military vehicle reinforcements continued to be made for the border units.
The Turkish army in alliance with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured Afrin’s Shankal, Qorne, Bali, Adah Manli villages and Kita, Kordo and Bibno rural areas along with four other hills.
On the first day of the ground operation, which started in the early hours of Jan. 21, the Turkish army surrounded Afrin from its north, northwest and west.
The Turkish General Staff says the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region, as well as to protect the Syrian people.
It stated that the operation was being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, U.N. Security Council decisions, self-defense rights under the U.N. charter, and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity.
The military also said “utmost importance” was being placed on not harming any civilians.