President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday phoned Turkey’s army chief and Interior Minister for information on a clash in Afrin, northwestern Syria, according to presidential sources.
During the phone calls with Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Erdoğan was informed about a clash between security forces and terrorists, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
On Thursday, eight Turkish soldiers were martyred as a Turkish-led operation continued in the region, according to two separate statements from the Turkish General Staff.
The statements said another 13 soldiers were wounded during the operation.
Expressing his deep sorrow for the martyred soldiers, Erdoğan wished Allah’s mercy upon those who those lost their lives and a quick recovery for the injured, the sources added.
Erdoğan also expressed his condolences to the martyrs’ families and security forces.