Turkey says 174 'terrorists' killed in Syria cross-border military offensive

Erdogan also warned the European Union not to call Ankara's incursion into Syria an 'invasion,' and renewed his threat of letting Syrian refugees flood Europe.

Published: 10th October 2019 07:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2019 12:56 AM   |  A+A-


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (File | AFP)


BEIRUT: Turkey's Defense Ministry says 174 "terrorists" have been "neutralized" in its cross-border military offensive, referring to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

The ministry tweeted Thursday that the number includes 19 alleged fighters killed in an airstrike on a shelter used by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, in Ras al-Ayn.

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The numbers could not be independently verified.

Turkey considers the YPG a terror organisation linked to a Kurdish insurgency at home and has declared the military offensive, launched Wednesday, necessary for national security.

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