BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military is withdrawing from the Afrin region in northwest Aleppo after securing the area, the Spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, said on Monday, as reported by Arti Gerçek.
‘’We are leaving Afrin to the people of Afrin,’’ Aksoy reportedly told reporters at a press conference.
Aksoy then told the reporters that the Turkish military will handover the Afrin region to the local police forces.
He also added that Turkey will not be withdrawing immediately, but gradually over time.
‘’Turkey will continue to stay here for a while,’’ he added.
The Turkish military played a major role in the rebel capture of the Afrin region, which began on January 20th.
This offensive forced the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) to withdraw from the Afrin region, while also displacing thousands of residents.