ANKARA, January 19. /TASS/. The Turkish Armed Forces have carried out at least 10 strikes against positions of the Kurdish troops of the Self-Defense Forces (linked to the Democratic Union Party - TASS) in Afrin, northern Syria, Haberturk TV reported on Friday.
According to the channel, the gun fire was opened from the bordering Turkish province of Hatay. The Kurdish units fired several shells over Turkey’s territory in return, the channel reported.
Ankara does not rule out the possibility of carrying out an operation against Kurds from the Democratic Union Party and the Self-Defense Forces which it regards as a Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, an organization that is recognized as terrorist in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Monday that "the operation in Afrin against the terror forces may start any moment."
On Tuesday, the Turkish armed forces deployed at least 10 tanks to the border with Syria. According to Haberturk, mobilization is being carried out in the bordering region.