Turkish border guards are shooting at Syrian refugees, rights group says

Turkey: Journalist on duty injured in Syria's Afrin

Turkey: Journalist on duty injured in Syria's Afrin

Turkey said the operation, with the help of the Free Syrian Army, aims to clear Syrian territories of all terrorist groups and create a safe environment to facilitate the permanent return of Syrian refugees to their country.

The seventh one was killed in a YPG attack on the border, without giving further details.

"No civilian has been harmed in Operation Olive Branch" by Turkish forces or their allied Syrian militias, Turkey's National Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday. The other Turkish soldier was killed in missile attack at border post in the southern province of Hatay's Kilis.

Turkish presidential spokesman said Turkey will not tolerate the presence of a Syrian Kurdish militia "anywhere" along its southern border, hinting that Ankara might expand its military operation underway in the Syrian enclave of Afrin eastward.

Turkey has now lost 14 soldiers in fierce clashes during the offensive.

The Turkish operation aims to clear Afrin of the US -backed Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG, which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group and an extension of the Kurdish insurgency within its borders.

The Human Rights Watch report comes amid rising tensions along the Turkey-Syria border as Turkey's military has moved into northern Syria.

The Turkish forces also gained control of Mount Barsia.

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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkish troops were taking high ground and would now head towards the town of Afrin itself, saying: "There is not much to go". "We have given the necessary response instantly, and we continue to do so", Yildirim said.

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