Turkey’s Erdogan says hopes Syria’s Afrin town to be captured by Wednesday evening


ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said he hoped Turkey’s military and its rebel allies would completely capture the northern Syrian town of Afrin by Wednesday evening, a day after the armed forces said it had encircled the town.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets the audience during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, February 21, 2018. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking to local administrators in Ankara, Erdogan also said civilians in Afrin town were being evacuated in cars through a special corridor, as Turkish forces made substantial advances against Kurdish fighters in their nearly two-month-old offensive.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan

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