Two civilians killed in cross-border rocket attacks in Turkey's south

Marsha Scott
February 4, 2018

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20 to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria. The explosion, which did not cause any casualties, in the Turkish capital was caused by a bomb _ not a gas leak as initially believed, authorities said Friday Feb. 2, 2018, adding that the suspected bomber they identified as a man who had trained with Kurdish militants in Syria, had been killed in a police operation.

Erdogan shared information about Operation Olive Branch and informed Macron about the cross-border rocket attacks perpetrated by the terrorist PYD/PKK oraganization on Turkey's bordering Hatay and Kilis provinces.

Referring to Left Party members, Bystron said that they were "not concerned with stopping the armed conflict".

During the conversation, Erdogan said Turkey does not have any design on any country's territory and added the operation was aimed at clearing PYD/PKK, YPG and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

In Strasbourg, Kurdish protesters carried banners reading "Erdogan assassin" and "defend Afrin", and shouted slogans such as "silence kills" outside the Council of Europe offices.

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"We want to sound the alarm because the Kurds in Afrin have fought against the Islamic State and are being massacred today".

Thousands of people have been displaced by the Turkish-led offensive that also involves 10,000 Syrian rebels.

Syrian asylum seekers leaving the brutality of Idlib province in northwest Syria "are being forced back with bullets and abuse", according to Lama Fakih, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division.

A senior Turkish government official later denied the report.

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