To date, 48 pro-Damascus soldiers have died during the clashes with Turkey and allied opposition groups in Afrin, Behchet Ebdo, the chairman of the Afrin Canton Council told Sputnik. Ankara is continuing on with its Operation Olive Branch regardless of UN Resolution 2401 which stipulates the cessation of hostilities between the warring parties.

Behchet Ebdo, the chairman of the Afrin Canton Council told Sputnik Turkey that 48 pro-Syrian government troops have been killed amid clashes with the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) opposition group.

“There are killed and injured among the Syrian People’s Forces (SPF) troops — the pro-government militia, which arrived in Afrin 15 days ago to defend the city,” Ebdo said. “Since the arrival of the militia forces in Afrin, 48 soldiers have been killed as a result of the Turkish Armed Forces’ attacks.”

The politician specified that two militiamen from the pro-government forces had been killed in the first day after their arrival in Afrin, while three had been wounded. According to Ebdo, four days ago, nine soldiers had died amid the Turkish assault on the village of Bafran in the Raco district. One SPF fighter was killed in Chema village.

“[On March 3], at dawn the Turkish Air Force conducted airstrikes at the SPF headquarters in the village of Kefercennа [Kafr Jina] which resulted in the death of 36 militiamen. Some [SPF soldiers] were injured,” he pointed out, adding that “the SPF units continue to take part in the defense of Afrin.”

On February 22, the Syrian pro-government forces entered Afrin to support the Kurds being besieged by the Turkish army and the FSA, as part of Ankara’s Olive Branch Operation launched on January 20. The residents of the city greeted the pro-Damascus militia by waving flags of the Syrian Arab Republic and portraits of Bashar al-Assad.

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Ankara’s operation in northern Syria envisages clearing the area of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, regarded by the Turks as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) designated by Ankara as terrorists.

On March 3, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported that the Turkish army and their allies, the FSA, had taken control of the town of Raju in Afrin district.

Turkish war planners consider the towns of Rajo and Jinders as a key to the successful encirclement of Afrin since the settlements are located on the major roads leading to the city.

The Turkish operation continues despite UN Security Council efforts to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. On February 24 the UN adopted Resolution 2401 which called upon all parties of the conflict to stop the fighting and implement a humanitarian truce.

The document clarified that the ceasefire does not apply to military actions against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front and “and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al Qaeda or ISIL, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the Security Council.”

However, in response to the UN move, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag announced on February 25 that “it is out of the question that the decision of the UN Security Council will affect the Olive Branch operation as it is being conducted against terrorists.”

On March 4, the Turkish General Staff reported that 2,612 militants have been “neutralized” by the Turkish Armed Force since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch.

Damascus has repeatedly signaled that it regards Ankara’s operations on the country’s territory as a violation of Syria’s sovereignty. For its part, Moscow has urged all parties involved to show restraint, and to respect Syria’s territorial integrity.

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Source: Sputnik

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Where is UNSC on this? This a war of aggression. YPG is not on the UNSC terror list. Where is truce for Afrin.

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The UNSC is kneeling in front of Israel and the USA as usual .

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@Floriangeyer: Yes absolutely. Because the majorities in the UNSC are rigged.

Three Western Victor Countries of WW II are constant members with veto rights. KSA and others buy additional votes.

That is why the right to veto exists for the original Members of UNSC, the victor countries of WW II.

p.s. The UNSC was created as a vehicle for world domination by the victor countries of WW II.

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Actually, neither Jaish al Islam nor Ahrar al Sham are in the terror list. Yet, they are thoroughly (and justly) attacked in Ghouta.
The resolution explicitly mentions the humanitarian situations in Goutha, Damascus, Al Tanf, Raqqa and other places but there’s not a *single* word on Afrin.
As per the aggressions and threats to Syria’s territorial integrity, USA and Kurds are as illegal as Turkey is.

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@ brdlip: Why are they rightly attacked if they are not in the UNSC list? The actual text says:2 “the cessation of hostilities shall not apply to military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh), Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front (ANF), and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al Qae da or ISIL, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the Security Council; ” Because the moderate terrorists in the Ghouta pocket are together with UNSC designated terrorists Russia and Syria claim that they are targets. Some other… Read more »

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Will the cost be higher to defend Syrian territory or re-take it? If in re-taking Northern Syria the foreign forces are cut-off and depleted then defence will be easier.

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Syria is in no condition to condition to fight a war with Turkey. Turkey issued threats.

So no SAA was send. But NDF “volunteers” were send.

p.s. Easier to defend. But not if You haven’t got the resources now.

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These are exaggerated comments, fact of the matter is only a dozen have died till now.

Only the communist factions of the Assad aligned forces are fighting their. The Syrian Army, NDF, PMF etc are not.

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russia says usa have agenda in syria and have no right to stay there, but its is ok for russian in=vadors and their alley iran and turkey and alqayda terrorist group (SFA) to be in syria and killing civillian people in afrin

russia = iran =isis = alqaida = turkey = 0 moral, dictators and thieves