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34 Turkish troops, 177 pro-Turkey militants killed in Syria

Damascus, Thirty four Turkish troops and 177 pro-Turkey militants have been killed in Syria since the start of Turkey's military operation 'Olive Branch' in Afrin region, according to an entity called Syrian Human Rights Watchdog affiliated to dissident groups.

The pro-Turkey terrorists were killed during confrontations with Syrian Kurds in Afrin region, it said.

Some 163 members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) also lost their lives over the same period.

On Wednesday, the so called Syrian Human Rights Watchdog reported that The Turkish army and its accompanying terrorists have taken control of 24 townships and villages since the start of the operation.

it said the areas taken from Syrian democratic forces constitute only seven percent of townships and villages in Afrin region located north of Aleppo.

On January 20, the Turkish army launched its illegal operation 'Olive Branch' in the northern Syrian region of Afrin.

According to Turkish media, 6,000 Turkish military men are participating in the operation.

The Ankara government claims the aim of its aggressive operation is to destroy elements of Turkish Workers Party (PKK), Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People's Protection Units (PYG). It accuses the military unit of PYG of cooperating with PKK.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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