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Dozens Rally in Paris to Support Kurds Amid Turkish Op in Syria’s Afrin (PHOTOS)

© SputnikManifestation en soutien aux Kurdes d’Afrine à Paris, le 24 mars 2018
Manifestation en soutien aux Kurdes d’Afrine à Paris, le 24 mars 2018 - Sputnik International
PARIS (Sputnik) - A mass rally in support of Kurds amid Ankara’s military campaign in Syria’s Kurdish-dominated district of Afrin took place in Paris on Saturday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Dozens of people carrying flags and banners marched from the Paris Gare du Nord railway station to the Place de la Republique square.

"I am Afrin," "Political Solution for Kurdistan," the banners read as people were marching along the streets under the accompaniment of folk music.

Earlier in the day, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced that Ankara had established full control over Afrin. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, has said on multiple occasions that the Turkish operation in northern Syria will not end with the seizure of Afrin and will focus on the regions of Manbij and Idlib moving forward.

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On January 20, Ankara, jointly with the opposition Free Syrian Army forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin in order to "clear" Turkey's Syrian border from the terrorist threat. Turkey considers the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish political party in northern Syria, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia to be linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.

A total of 3,731 Kurdish and Daesh militants have reportedly been killed or captured since the start of the military campaign.

Damascus has condemned the operation as a violation of Syria's sovereignty.

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