The conquest of Mount Bursayah and of the nearby village of Qastal, near Azaz in the eastern part of Afrin, represents the first strategic success in the Turkish campaign in the Kurdish Afrin region, more than a week after the start of the offensive. Small advances have also been registered in the western part of the region, with the capture of the village of Ushagi, while the rest of the area is being strongly defended by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The number of casualties is the object of a fierce dispute in the media. Turkish military sources claim to have killed more than 600 militants from the ranks of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and SDF, while the Kurdish militias claim to have killed 350 fighters from the coalition between the Turkish army and the rebel groups that have been joined together under the name of the “Free Syrian Army” (T-FSA) under the guidance of Ankara.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has estimated no more than 60 dead on each side. In addition, according to estimates by the Airwars organization, which has been meticulously collating reports of the events, there have been around 55-60 deaths among civilians since the start of the fighting.