Following the recent series of events, the situation in the area of Afrin remains tense. According to reports, Syrian government forces have halt their deployment to Afrin under an alleged deal with the Kurdish YPG militia after strikes conducted by the Turkish military near a government military column.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the convoy had retreated following a warning fire.
“Tonight about a dozen pickups were seen moving towards Afrin. But then there was shelling [by the the Turkish military], and they had to return. So far, this is all over. Yesterday we spoke with respected [Russian President] Putin and respected [Iranian President] Rouhani; we have agreements on this topic. Unfortunately, some terrorist groups sometimes make erroneous decisions themselves, this is unacceptable, and they will be held accountable for it,” Erdogan told media.
The government forces convoy was within about 10km from the YPG-held city of Afrin when it came under fire.
The Russian state-run news agency Sputnik also quoted YPG representative in Afrin Brusk Haseke as saying on the issueL
“Yes, this is true. Today the Syrian government army entered Afrin in order to defend the city from the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army jointly with the Kurdish forces of the YPG. The government forces have come to help the people of Afrin. We cannot report on the number of soldiers that entered Afrin. This is military information.”
Meanwhile, the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army continued their advance against the YPG in Afrin. Recently, Turkey-led forces have captured over a dozen villages from the YPG.
The story is developing.