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Turkey: Rocket attacks from Syrian enclave kill 2

Turkey: Rocket attacks from Syrian enclave kill 2

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.

Since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, 897 terrorists have been killed, Turkey's General Staff said in a message February 3.

Thousands of Kurds protested on Saturday outside the Council of Europe in Strasbourg over Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northwestern Syria.

Ankara has labeled both "terrorists" over alleged ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its civilian umbrella Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK).

Ankara says that major progress has been made in the 15-day operation, with nearly 900 YPG fighters killed so far although it is not possible to verify these figures. One of the soldiers was killed when a Turkish tank was hit in Afrin.

The Turkish military said two of its soldiers were killed in Syria and a third was killed on the Turkish side of the border in an attack by Syrian Kurdish militiamen.

A total of eight Turkish soldiers and at least 24 allied Syrian opposition fighters have died so far in Ankara's offensive, which started on January 20.

But the YPG has been working closely with the United States to fight the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.

The Turkish forces also gained control of Mount Barsia.

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.

Turkey has taken more Syrian refugees than any other nation.