Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar stated that 44 terrorists have been killed and said that Turkey will continue to retaliate against attacks carried out from across the country’s borders, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
"Nobody should have any doubt that every attack will be met with retaliation and (those responsible) will be held accountable," Akar told Anadolu Agency (AA).
Akar said YPG/PKK targets were hit, referring to the PKK terrorist organization and its Syrian affiliate, the YPG, while commenting on the Jan. 8 attack in Şanlıurfa province that killed three Turkish soldiers. He noted that 44 terrorists were killed in response and added that the number is expected to increase.
The defense minister also underlined that Turkey expects all of its partners to fulfill the responsibilities outlined in signed agreements.
"We did not leave the blood of our martyrs on the ground, we will not let them go. We expect our partners in Syria to fulfill their responsibilities within the scope of the agreements. We can say that attacks from beyond our borders, which we consider to be planned, push our limits of tolerance and even exceed our tolerance limits."
Akar once again conveyed his condolences to the martyrs, their families, the Turkish Armed Forces and the beloved Turkish nation.
Three Turkish soldiers were killed and one was injured in an explosion in southeastern province Şanlıurfa. The soldiers were driving along the border wall to Syria’s Tal Abyad when the explosion occurred, also causing damage to the wall itself.