ANKARA – Turkish soldiers in northern Syria shared meals with Syrians in the Operation Peace Spring zone, the National Defense Ministry said Saturday.

“Our heroic soldiers, who work day and night for peace and tranquility and protect our Syrian brothers in the Peace Spring area from the persecution of the terrorist organization PKK/YPG, continue to share their meal with our Syrian brothers,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Since 2016, Turkey launched four successful anti-terrorist operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settlement by locals: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), Peace Spring (2019), and Spring Shield (2020).

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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