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Turkey reportedly detains hundreds for criticizing northern Syria Afrin operation

Turkey reportedly detains hundreds for criticizing northern Syria Afrin operation

He severely criticized the Turkish military recent operations in the Afrin region of Syria.

Reuters reports that the attack took place when "the convoy was in transit in northern Idlib".

Turkish authorities have cracked down on any expression of dissent over the air and ground offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. "The main aim is the creation of a "'de-escalation' zone there, under a deal brokered by Russian Federation in August", Reuters reads.

Pic: Military equipment and troops head in convoy toward the Turkey - Syria border, bound to reinforce Turkish army Operation Olive Branch in northwestern Syria, in Hatay, Turkey, Wednesday, January 28, 2018. Anadolu got information on the uncovered tunnels from locals "who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns".

Macron said it could be "a real problem" if "Syrian sovreignty is not respected".

Turkey's Catholic Church, whose seven dioceses and apostolic vicariates have around 53,000 members, according to the Vatican, has not commented on the military campaign.




The Syrian government and a war monitor said on Sunday that Turkish shelling of the Kurdish-held Afrin region of Syria had seriously damaged an ancient temple.

The attacks inside Turkey have so far killed four people, including Ms Avlar.

Manning said the US troops "do not operate with Kurdish forces in Afrin". Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

"We continue to monitor the development of the situation in northern Syria; it is deeply concerning", she said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the operation would "not stop until we eliminate the terror threat from our border and ensure a secure return for our Turkish brothers to their country".

Yildirim says that "the whole world knows and should know that Turkey does not operate with the mentality of an invader".


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