A rally against the Turkish military operation in Syrian Afrin is taking place in Ankara, Turkey – police have used tear gas to disperse the activists.
People took to the streets after the appeals of the Pro-Kurdish Party of Democracy and Peoples.
Meanwhile, US-funded Kurdish armed groups, against which the Turkish security forces are fighting in Northern Syria, use the civilian population as a “human shield”. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wrote of this on twitter. He added that the operation is not directed against Kurdish and Syrian brothers, but against terrorists.
The US urged Turkey to limit its military operation in Syria in order to avoid casualties among civilians. This was stated by the head of the press service of the US State Department Heather Nauert.
Yesterday, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced the operation “Olive Branch” against the Kurdish formations “People’s Self-Defense Forces” and the “Democratic Union Party” in the Afrin area.
The Russian Ministry of Defense had then ordered its military out of the area for safety reasons.
Aircraft of the Turkish Air Force has hit 153 terrorist targets, whereby 6 civilians and 3 soldiers of the “People’s Self-Defense Forces” were killed.