Over 300 Turkish Soldiers, Allied Militants Killed in Clashes with Kurds in Northern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 300 Turkish army men and Ankara-backed militants have been killed in clashes with the Kurdish fighters in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo in the last 4 days, a media outlet reported on Saturday.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported that at least 313 Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants have been killed within the framework of Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish militias in Jandaris region in the last 4 days.

It further said that the Turkish army and their allied militant groups have suffered heavy casualties in clashes with Kurds near the town of Afrin, Shera, Jandaris and Bolboleh regions.

A media outlet reported on Friday that the army troops and Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured another village in Syria’s Northwestern Afrin and took control of a strategic dam.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said that the Turkish troops and the FSA captured the Kurdish-held village of Hallubi Kabir in Afrin’s Northeast, and took control of a dam which supplies water to Azaz and Afrin regions.

The Western part of the dam, however, is still under the control of the Kurds, it added.

The dam, known as April 17 Dam, is the only source that provides clean water and electricity to Afrin.

Since the beginning of Ankara’s Operation Olive Branch on January 20, the Turkish military and the FSA have captured 161 locations, including five town centers, 124 villages and 31 strategic areas.

Source: News Now | Fars News Agency

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