TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Turkey’s army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria, seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.
Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria on Sunday and artillery pounded what security sources said were sites held by the Kurdish YPG militia, after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported fierce overnight fighting around two villages.
Turkey said 25 Kurdish militants were killed in its airstrikes and denied there were civilian casualties.
There was no immediate comment from the YPG, but forces aligned with the group have said it had withdrawn from the area prior to the assault.
Turkey, which is also battling Kurdish insurgents at home, sent tanks and troops into Syria on Wednesday to support its Syrian militant allies. The Turkish-backed forces first seized the Syrian border town of Jarablus from Daesh terrorists before pushing south into areas held by Kurdish-aligned militias. They have also moved west towards Daesh areas. READ MORE OF THIS STORY
SOURCES: NewsNow/Tashnim News Agency