Syria: Erdogan says he hopes Afrin 'will fall by tonight'

'Eastern corridor will be blocked, other pathways for civilians'

14 March, 13:02

    ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he hopes Afrin ''will fall by tonight'', commenting the siege on the Turkish enclave in Syria, which kicked off in the past few hours with Turkish forces and allied Arab militias.
    Speaking from Ankara, the Turkish leader said he is convinced that the corridor in the eastern part of Afrin, used so far by Kurds for the passage of militants as well as civilians fleeing the besieged city, will soon be blocked. Other pathways will enable civilians to leave, Erdogan said.
    Turkey's so-called 'Olive Branch' operation on its 54th day, Erdogan added, succeeded in taking 1,300 square kilometers of territory from Kurdish fighters ''neutralizing'' (killing, wounding or capturing) ''nearly 3,500 terrorists''.
    Finally, the Turkish president stressed the intention of continuing the offensive against Kurds in northern Syria after Afrin, first in Manbij and then in areas controlled by the PYD east of the Euphrates ''until the border with northern Iraq''.

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