After Turkey announced the launch of Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish militia’s in northern Syria on Saturday, three rockets that were reportedly fired from Syria hit a Turkish border town on Sunday morning. Officials reported one person wounded.
The Syrian Democratic Forces, including Kurdish fighters (archive) Photo Credit: EPA
Three rockets fired from Syria hit a border town in Turkey’s Kilis region early on Sunday, according to Turkish media outlets. The attack came amid Turkey’s announcement of Operation Olive Branch, which continued on Sunday. Turkish officials reported one person wounded.
”In its second day, #OliveBranchOperation continues to ensure peace and security for our people, protect Syria’s territorial integrity and eliminate all terrorist elements in the region,” said the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin in a post on Twitter on Sunday. “Turkey expects its allies to support its fight against terrorism in all of its forms.”
Turkey views US-backed Kurdish militia People’s Protection Units (YPG) as the same as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out terror attacks in the southeast of the country. On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Kurdish militias of being terrorist organizations and claimed that they were “are all the same,” even if they changed their names.
According to the state-run Anadolu news agency in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday that Turkey will also launch a ground operation in Syria’s Afrin district on Sunday, as the airstrikes were only “the first phase” of the military operation.