On January 27, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the village of Ali Bakki, Point 740 and a training camp of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Rajo district north of the city of Afrin, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. The news agency added that Turkish forces killed ten fighters of the YPG during its advance.
From its side, the YPG denied that the Turkish military and the FSA captured any positions in Rajo district. Moreover, the Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported that YPG fighters killed dozens of Turkish soldiers and destroyed a tank of the Turkish Army during the clashes in Ali Bakki.
Kurdish sources reported that Turkish Air Force (TAF) warplanes conducted a new wave of airstrikes against the YPG positions in the districts of Rajo and Bulbul north of Afrin. So far, 50 civilians have been killed and 137 others have been injured in the TAF bombardment on the Afrin area according ANHA.
The Turkish Army claims that its forces have killed over 390 fighters of the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Afrin area since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch on January 20. However, the numbers released by the YPG press suggests that the Kurdish forces have lost less than 50 fighters so far.