Turkey dismisses the claim of damaging historical church in Afrin
Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs states no airstrike was carried out by Turkish Armed Forces in the archeological sites allegedly hit by Turkish warplanes
Last week, several media outlets such as Syrian state-run news agency Sana claimed that Turkish warplanes destroyed the archeological site of Brad in Afrin, an area which also included the Brad Monastery and the Julianus Church.
However, no airstrike was conducted in the relevant area by the Turkish Air Force.
In a written statement, Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy denounced the claim by emphasizing “no airstrike targeting the Brad [ancient] site, Julianus Church and Brad monastery has been carried out by Turkish Armed Forces so far.”
Additionally, Aksoy added that it can be easily proved that the relevant archeological sites had been destroyed by armed groups in 2013.
Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch in the northwestern Afrin region of Syria on 20 January 2018, in order to eradicate the YPG, the Syrian branch of the PKK, from the region and ensure its border security.