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Turkish Army soldiers prepare their tanks and armoured personnel carriers at a staging area in the outskirts of the village of Sugedigi, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The Turkish offensive on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria, codenamed Operation Olive Branch, started on Saturday, heightening tensions in the already complicated Syrian conflict and threatening to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed the killing of two of its soldiers on Friday, as a result of an explosion in the northwestern countryside of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish Ministry of Defense: “As a result of the attack, Captain Yassin Kurt and Sergeant Oguz Khan Anar were killed. Their bodies will be transported to their homeland. In addition, as a result of the explosion, dozens of people were injured, and they were taken to a local hospital.”

It is noteworthy  to mention that 16 people, including two Turkish soldiers, were killed, on Thursday, by a car bomb explosion in the city of Ras al-Ain, which is under the control of the Turkish forces and the factions loyal to them in northeastern Syria, according to what was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Turkish Defense Ministry blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is outlawed inside Turkey.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.