YPG Fighters Downed Turkish Helicopter over Afrin
A Turkish helicopter crashed on Saturday (February 10) after coming under fire from the Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syrian town of Afrin.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that a Turkish military helicopter had been shot down during Ankara's military offensive against Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.
A little earlier, one of our helicopters was shot down," Erdogan said in televised remarks without saying who was responsible".
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the helicopter was shot down over Keda village in Afrin’s Rajo district.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said two Turkish military personnel were killed when a helicopter was downed during Ankara's military offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.
"At this stage, we can say that one out of two helicopters was downed. We have two martyrs," Yildirim said in televised remarks, but said there was: "no evidence (yet) in our hands to prove that it was a result of outside intervention."
Private run Dogan news agency saying authorities were trying to reach the wreckage in the Kirikhan district.
However, in a posting on Twitter, Mustefa Bali, spokesman for the U.S.-backed SDF dominated by the YPG, said a helicopter had been hit in the Rajo area of northwest Afrin, near the Turkish border.
On Friday, the military said one soldier was killed during clashes with the YPG in the Afrin region.
Last Saturday, seven Turkish troops died in the worst single-day loss of the operation so far, with five killed in a tank attack.