800 terrorists killed in Syria's Afrin: Turkey's Erdogan

800 terrorists killed in Syria's Afrin: Turkey's Erdogan

Police and firefighters work at the scene of a bomb attack at a tax office at the residential and business district of Cukurambar, in Ankara, Turkey, late Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

But analysts and monitors say Turkey so far has taken control of limited clumps of territory around the border without yet approaching near Afrin town.

Human Rights Watch spoke to 16 Syrian refugees who were smuggled into Turkey past year.

Meanwhile, one Turkish tank was targeted by YPG militants as one Turkish soldier was killed in the attack.

According to their accounts, 10 people were killed, including a child.

Another soldier, the Turkish military said, was killed in clashes with the Kurdish forces.

"Turkish border guards placed them in a large square where they would remain until the guards had collected enough people to send back to Syria".

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the US and the EU.

Turkey, which hosts an estimated 3.5 million Syrian refugees, has tried to push back anyone trying to enter across its southern border since August 2015.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

A total of 899 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region on January 20, according to the Turkish General Staff on Saturday. It's determined to prevent the establishment of a Kurdish state across the border in Syria and has used military force in the past against Kurds and ISIS in the northern part of the neighboring country.

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