Militants fired 82 rockets from Afrin since operation began – PM Yıldırım

Since Turkey began its military operation against the Kurdish-held Syrian enclave of Afrin on Jan. 20, 82 rockets have been fired into Turkish border provinces from Syria, killing five Turkish citizens and wounding more than 100, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said.

“Why did we go to Afrin? As of today we have seen how right this operation was. Up to now, 82 rockets have been fired from Afrin to Reyhanlı, Hatay and Kilis – a full 82 rockets, in 12 days,” pro-government newspaper Habertürk quoted Yıldırım as saying. “Five of our citizens have lost their lives and more than 100 of our citizens have been wounded.”

Another sign that Afrin was a good move was the success of a previous operation in Syria to the east of Afrin, Yıldırım said.

“We are carrying out a ruthless struggle against terrorism,” he said. “We first carried out the Euphrates Shield operation in order to push terrorist organisations out of the region. Now there is peace there. There is security there and 130,000 Syrians have settled there."

“Oppression and migration have ended.”