Turkey rejects Egypt's statement on Afrin operation

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Anadolu News agency said the bomb was reportedly left by the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

The U.S. State Department said Turkish military forces and Turkish-backed rebels were prompting the evacuation of the majority of the city.

'After this, we will continue now to Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tel Abyad, Ras al-Ain and Qamishli until this corridor is fully removed'.

Turkey says Sinjar has turned into a PKK headquarters.

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Ankara claims that the YPG is an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Turkish-based group that has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.

"They were martyred while clearing IEDs", Yildirim said in a televised speech in Ankara.

After the town center of Afrin was liberated, Turkish military began operations to search for mines and improvised explosive devices to wipe out any traces of terrorism in order to help residents go back to normal lives.

Earlier on Monday government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said Turkish forces would return Afrin to its "real owners" after driving the YPG out. No sooner had Turkey's proxies on the ground, the Free Syrian Army, captured Afrin city than social media lit up with video and messages depicting looting by its fighters. Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels that worldwide efforts in Syria should be aimed at "de-escalating the military activities and not escalating them". In reference to the Afrin offensive, she said: "I am anxious about this".

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The European Union appealed last month to foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey urging them to uphold a cease-fire in eastern Ghouta and allow aid into besieged areas.

Afrin hospital, which is considered the only hospital equipped for major operations, is reportedly overwhelmed with injured people, Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) stated.

Turkey said 46 of its soldiers were killed in the offensive and that it took all measures to avoid civilian casualties.

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters hold an ammunition belt near the city of Afrin, Syria, February 21, 2018. Images have emerged of torched stores, and of men in uniforms and others in civilian clothes walking out of homes with household goods.

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The situation in Afrin has seen some Kurdish members of the SDF abandon the battle against IS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and head west to join the fight against Turkey and Turkish aligned forces.