March 14, 2018 / 9:51 AM / 3 days ago

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 speaks during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey March 9, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/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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