Twenty Daesh terrorists have been killed by Turkish airstrikes and shelling as part of the operation to liberate the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from terrorists, the military said on Monday.
A total of 106 identified targets were shelled by the Turkish military, destroying shelters, defense positions, command centers, weapons and vehicles used by Daesh terrorists.
Turkish warplanes also hit 10 Daesh targets, destroying one building, two snipping posts and two mortar manufacturing plants belonging to the terrorist organization.
Eight Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were destroyed by explosive ordinance teams over the span of 24 hours, adding up to a total of 2,941 since the beginning of the operation, while 43 mines were detonated.
The Turkish military continues to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of civilians in the area, the statement added.
The Turkish army is supporting FSA fighters in liberating al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Monday marks the 147th day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.
The military action is part of the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, which began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey’s border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.
Ankara has already vowed that Operation Euphrates Shield will continue in Manbij and Afrin, which are both held by the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), after al-Bab is liberated.