Thousands of residents in Afrin welcomed soldiers from the Syrian government who had arrived in response to Turkish military operations in the region on Thursday. «Kurds and Arabs are one people, we have protected the Kurdish protection units, and now the Syrian Arab Army also came to protect us, we are all one. The Syrian people are one,” said one of the locals. “We are against [Turkish... Еще President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, and against the Ottoman Turkish aggression, we Syrian people are one people, the land is one, and we are united,” said one of the soldiers. People held portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, waving Syrian Arab Republic and People’s Protection Units (YPG) flags. Forces loyal to the Assad government recently agreed a deal to help the YPG defend the Kurdish enclave of Afrin against a Turkish offensive, known as ‘Operation Olive Branch.’ Ankara has warned of a serious military response if Syrian forces arrived in the region. Erdogan promised to ‘lay siege to Afrin city’ during a recent address in parliament.