Turkish artillery and war planes pounded YPG sites around Afrin and total of targets, including YPG refuges and weapons stores have now been hit, according to the army. The state-run Anadolu news agency said the Turkish troops, whose number was not specified, were advancing alongside forces from the pro-Ankara rebel Free Syrian Army FSA and were already five kilometers three miles inside Syria. In his first comments on the offensive since it began, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope the "operation will be finished in a very short time" and vowed "we will not take a step back". Following calls from some Turkish pro-Kurdish politicians for people to take to the streets, he warned that anyone protesting in Turkey against the operation would pay "a heavy price". The operation is Turkey's second major incursion into Syria during the seven-year war after the August March Euphrates Shield campaign in an area to the east of Afrin against both the YPG and Daesh. The army said Daesh was also being targeted in this operation although it no longer has any major presence in the Afrin area.