AFRIN (ANF) – Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Command published balance sheet of the military operations since the start of the Turkish aggression on Afrin on January 20.
SDF underlined that; “Despite the UN Security Council Resolution 2401, which obligates all parties to stop hostilities, the Turkish state continues to violate the international resolution and targets our people in Afrin with different types of weapons and airstrikes, which expose our people to a systematic annihilation. Therefore, our forces are confined to self- defense in case of any attacks on Afrin.”
SDF published the following statistics of Turkey’s invasion attempt from 20-Jan-2018 until 7-March-2018:
– Fighter martyrs: 283 of our fighters got martyred during direct engagements and heroic resistance against the terrorist invaders, where all of the martyrs have been solemnly and officially buried.
– Civilian Victims (martyrs and wounded): According to the official statistics of the health authorities, 165 civilians got martyred including 28 women and 32 children during the Turkish airstrikes and artillery shelling. Also, 650 civilians got injured, including 93 women and 87 children.
2-Enemy’s casualties: During the engagements and the special military operations carried out by our forces against the invaders, 1588 members of the terrorist factions and Turkish soldiers were killed. This figure is based on corpses counted by our fighters in the battlefields.
3-Air attacks: The Turkish occupation army carried out 1026 indiscriminate airstrikes against the populated areas, the infrastructure, schools and farms.
4-Helicopter attacks: The Turkish invasion army carried out 56 attacks with helicopters against populated areas.
5 -Artillery shelling: the Turkish army carried out 3307 random artillery shelling.
6 -Direct engagements: Our forces engaged in clashes with the enemy 643 times, the results of which are known. Results of 176 engagements with the enemy are not known.
7 -Downed aircraft: Since the start of the Turkish invasion, our forces shot down 2 helicopters killing 11 Turkish soldiers in them, including officials. Also, our forces dropped 2 Bayraktar type Strategic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles of Turkish origin. Also, our fighters targeted a helicopter causing damages to it.
8 -Destroyed armored vehicles: Our forces destroyed 96 armored vehicles of the Turkish invasion army and the terrorist factions, including tanks. Moreover, our forces damaged 32 armored vehicles including tanks.