According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the arrival of popular forces will strengthen the locals' resilience and resistance against the Turkish attack, which targets infrastructure, public and private properties, and economic and services establishments.
The Turkish government has been waging war on Kurdish militants in Afrin for almost a month, using various types of weapons and shells, including the internationally-banned chlorine gas, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians and destroying infrastructure, properties, and historical landmarks.
SANA reported that a minor girl was killed and eight others were injured in the assault by the Turkish troops.
Turkey on Monday said it would hit the pro-government troops if deployed to Afrin. The warning followed Syrian state media's announcement of the pro-government forces' entry to the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin "within hours".
The official SANA news agency said the forces would "bolster" local forces in confronting Turkish "aggression".
The agreement may prompt Turkey to pull out and end a month-long air and ground offensive that aims to oust the People's Protection Units (YPG) from Afrin. Ankara considers the YPG a "terrorist group" linked to its own Kurdish insurgency within Turkey's borders.
Defence Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, "If the regime is entering to protect the YPG, then no one can stop us, stop Turkey or the Turkish soldiers."
Referring to Turkish-backed Syrian insurgents, SANA added the deployment aimed to "frustrate attempts by (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan's regime and its mercenaries of terrorist organisations to occupy the area".
Turkey is trying to oust the YPG from Afrin because it says the group is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades.(ANI)