Time: 10:59 PM
The Turkish Army has sent new military
reinforcements to the country's southern borders with Syria, according to
local news reports.
Five tanks arrived at the town of Reyhanli, Hatay province, and were moved
to the Turkish troops stationed on the borders with Syria amid tight security,
the Anadolu news agency said.
Meanwhile, the agency said that the Turkish artillery units today hit
several targets of the Syrian Kurdish forces in the Afrin district of Syria's
Aleppo province, from the Reyhanli and Kirikhan districts of Turkey's southern
province Hatay and a Turkish Armed Forces observation point in Idlib.
Turkish Armed Forces fired at least 36 times during the artillery
bombardment in Afrin's Bosoufane, Cindirese, Deir Bellout and Rajo districts,
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had today vowed to crush the "terrorists" in
Afrin "if they do not surrender."
For Ankara, the Syrian Kurdish forces, namely the PYD and the Kurdish
People's Protection Units, are the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK), while the US considers them allies in the war against the
so-called Islamic State (IS).