Turkish soldiers and (FSA) fighters liberated a village in western from PYD/PKK terrorists during ongoing Operation Olive Branch in northwestern on Saturday, according to Anadolu Agency correspondents on the ground.

The village of Deir Ballut in Jandaris, western , was cleared of all PYD/PKK terrorists.

Since the operation began, Turkish forces and the FSA have liberated a total of 47 zones, including 30 villages and 13 strategic mountains or hills.

Turkey on Jan. 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from .

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect n people from terrorist cruelty and oppression.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for ’s territorial integrity, the said.

The has also said that only terrorist targets are being destroyed and “utmost care” is being shown to avoid harming civilians.

has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in left the city to the terror group without a fight.

Source: http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkish-military-free-syrian-army-free-another-village/1059810