Turkish forces destroyed 30 targets in northern Syria belonging to the YPG/PKK terrorist group, including oil wells and shelters, Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense announced, reports Anadolu.
An air operation against terrorist targets was carried out in Tal Rifat, Jazira and Al-Malikiyah regions at 23:00 local time (2000 GMT), the ministry said in a statement.
Security forces destroyed a total of 30 targets, including oil wells and storage facilities used by separatist terrorist organizations and caves, bunkers, shelters and warehouses found to be harboring high-ranking terrorists, it added.
The operation aims to eliminate terrorist attacks against the Turkish people and security forces, by “neutralizing” elements of the PKK/YPG and other terrorist elements to ensure border security based on the rights of self-defense stemming from Article 51 of the UN Charter -, the ministry added.
According to the statement, all precautions were taken during the operation to prevent harm to innocent civilians, historical and cultural assets and the environment.
Turkish authorities use the term “neutralization” to mean that the terrorists in question have surrendered, been killed or captured.
Since 2016, Ankara has conducted three successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor and enable the peaceful return of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018). and Source of Peace (2019).
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children and baby. The YPG is its branch in Syria.
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