A graphic video that has recently emerged on social media purportedly shows a group of Turkish-speaking soldiers beating a Kurdish villager in order to get information about anti-tank missile belonging to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

According to the pro-Kurdish @TurkeyUntold Twitter account, the video was recorded during a Turkish military operation in the Afrin region of Syria.

The Turkish Armed Forces backed by armored vehicles, special forces and infantry regiments have advanced five kilometers inside Afrin, which is controlled by the PYD.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday warned Turkey’s Kurdish citizens not to take to the streets to protest the operation in Afrin: “You are being closely followed. If you try to take to the streets, know that our security forces will be at your neck.”

“If anyone is in the streets upon calls [from the HDP], they will pay dearly for it. This is a national fight, and whoever opposes us will be crushed.” Erdoğan added.

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