A YouTube video shows Turkish armed forces shelling a convoy of alleged terrorist vehicles, which Ankara said was intercepted 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Syria’s Afrin region.
“Only the convoy belonging to PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorist groups was targeted during the operation, and utmost importance was given to not harm any civilians,” Anadolu, a Turkish news agency, quoted the country’s General Staff as saying.
However, according to the Syrian media, Turkish forces have destroyed an aid convoy which was on its way to Afrin and that casualties were reported.
The photos and videos of the alleged destruction have appeared online, showing burning vehicles.
On January 20, the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish forces in the district of Afrin, an area controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD).
Ankara considers them to be affiliates of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey and several other countries.