Following a cabinet meeting late on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged that Turkey will take necessary steps in Syria to eliminate the threat of the YPG/PKK terror group.
The latest attack of the YPG, the PKK terrorist group’s Syrian branch, has resulted in the killing of two Turkish police officers.
In a news conference, Erdoğan said “we have no patience left regarding some regions in Syria which have the quality of being the source of attacks on our country.”
He added, “Turkey is determined to eliminate threats arising from northern Syria, either together with forces active there, or with our own means.”
On Sunday, the Interior Ministry said two Turkish police officers were killed and two others wounded as a result of a YPG terror attack on an armored vehicle with a guided missile in the Operation Euphrates Shield area. The attack was launched from the Tal Rifat region, it said.
On Monday, explosions occurred in the southern Gaziantep province’s Karkamis district, across the border from Syria’s Jarablus, as ammunition landed in two separate areas.
A third piece of ammunition landed within Jarablus, the governor’s office said, believed to be launched from a region controlled by the YPG/PKK. One mortar fell near a train station, and another in a park, No injuries were reported.
Separately, at least four people have been killed by a car bomb in the northern Syrian city of Afrin. The local media added six others had been wounded.
The YPG/PKK controls Tal Rifat and Manbij, two pockets adjoining the Turkish-controlled areas.