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

Aaron Brown
February 4, 2018

"As fighting in Idlib and Afrin displaces thousands more", Fakih said, "the number of Syrians trapped along the border willing to risk their lives to reach Turkey is only likely to increase". No human casualties were reported in the attacks.

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

At another border crossing, Turkish border guards fired warning shots into the air but did not target asylum seekers directly, the witnesses said.

In addition to those killed when the US-backed YPG attacked the tank, two other soldiers were killed earlier - one in the same area and one in another part of northern Syria. A ninth suspect was killed during the operation to round up the group, they said.

Signs and banners included portraits of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who has been detained since 1999 on Imrali Prison Island off Istanbul.

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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. "We have given the necessary response instantly, and we continue to do so", Yildirim said.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch along with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin, northwestern Syria.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and in the region as well as to protect Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

He also said Turkey was aware of some neighboring countries' unhappiness over the role Turkey was playing in Syria.

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