Turkish prosecutors have so far investigated at least 500 social media users for posting tweets that are in critical of the Operation Peace Spring, a military operation launched by Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

“Those who laber the operation as a war are traitors,” the Turkish Interior Ministry said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Wednesday that Operation Peace Spring has been launched by the Turkish army.

“The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring against PKK/YPG and Daesh terrorists in northern Syria. Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area,” Erdoğan tweeted.