Turkish capital blast caused by bomb, attacker killed

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A senior Turkish journalist was injured in a cross-border attack by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PYD/PKK ) terror group while covering ongoing operation in Syria's Afrin region. Ankara Gov. Ercan Topaca said three people had sustained light injuries from flying debris at the scene of Thursday's explosion.

Authorities initially said they believed the blast was a gas explosion but did not rule out the possibility of "sabotage".

A total of 899 PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region on January 20, according to the Turkish General Staff on Saturday.

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Erdogan shared information about Operation Olive Branch and informed Macron about the cross-border rocket attacks perpetrated by the terrorist PYD/PKK oraganization on Turkey's bordering Hatay and Kilis provinces.

Earlier on Saturday, the Turkish General Staff said one soldier had been martyred and another injured in Sheikh Haruz, where the terrorist group targeted a Turkish army tank.

Turkish presidential spokesman said Turkey will not tolerate the presence of a Syrian Kurdish militia "anywhere" along its southern border, hinting that Ankara might expand its military operation underway in the Syrian enclave of Afrin eastward.

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The local White Helmets rescuers and the Observatory said government shelling hit a vehicle carrying civilians fleeing the violence killing seven of them.

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.

The Turkish forces also gained control of Mount Barsia.

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The Human Rights Watch report comes amid rising tensions along the Turkey-Syria border as Turkey's military has moved into northern Syria.

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