Turkey's military announced the death of another soldier in its operation against a syrian Kurdish militia in northern Syria, on Sunday.
Operation Olive Branch was launched by Turkey on January 20 to remove the PKK/PYD/YPG/KCK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin in northwestern Syria. A technical team launched an investigation.
Turkey considers the YPG a terror organization and an extension of Kurdish insurgents who have fought for autonomy for more than three decades in Turkey.
This week United States forces helped repel an attack by government forces in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, reportedly killing around 100 pro-regime fighters in air and artillery strikes. It is commanding a joint operation with Syrian opposition forces on the ground, as well, though they have been held to limited territorial gains by the YPG. According to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Office, at least 277 civilians were killed last week including 230 in air strikes by Syrian government and allied forces, the statement said. The Turkish military later said nine more soldiers were killed in separate incidents but did not give details.
Two of them were aboard a Turkish attack helicopter that crashed while on a mission over Afrin.
The country's prime minister walked back on the comments soon after, saying the cause of the helicopter's crash was not yet clear.
Israeli military said it had conducted strikes against 12 targets in Syria when its planes came under anti-air fire, with one jet ultimately crashing in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel.
More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and European Union - resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015. The Syrian Civil Defence search-and-rescue group said two people had been killed in the Eastern Ghouta region.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's assault on the rebel-held region of Eastern Ghouta has continued despite worldwide pleas for a ceasefire.