Afrin operation consistent with international law: Turkish Chief of General Staff
Arms and ammunitions used during the military operation in Syria’s Afrin province are consistent with international law, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar has said.
“’Operation Olive Branch,’ including the types of arms and ammunitions used [in the operation], has been conducted in accordance with international law and the practices of the fight against terrorism,” he said during a visit to military units, quarters and command posts on April 1.
“All activities within the scope of the operation have been conducted in the way of setting a good example for world countries in terms of military and humanitarian values. Only the terrorists and their shelters, hide-outs, arms and equipment are targeted. Civilians, innocent people, historical artifacts and cultural buildings are never targeted. They are untouchable for the Turkish Armed Forces,” he added, according to a statement made by the Turkish General Staff.
Gen. Hulusi Akar also said activities to clear the residential areas of mines and improvised explosive devices have been carried out intensively to help the Syrians move back to their houses.
Medical and humanitarian aid is distributed in coordination with the public bodies he said, celebrating the Turkish military personnel for their heroic acts and dedication.