Seven more soldiers killed in Turkey’s Afrin offensive (updates)

(Updates the number of Turkish soldiers killed.)

Seven more Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday in Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria, the army said, bringing the number killed so far in the incursion to 13.

The army said that one of the soldiers was killed in a clash and another on the border area, while five were killed when a Turkish army tank had been hit in a separate attack, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu quoted the statement as saying.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched a military operation, codenamed “Olive Branch” against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Ankara sees as a terror group and a threat to Turkey’s border security.

The Turkish army and Turkey-backed Syrian rebel forces are seeking to oust the YPG from its northwestern district of Afrin on the Turkish border, but the operation so far has been marked by fierce clashes.