SYRIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Clashes between the Turkish army and the Arab-Kurdish units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) take place in the village of Umm Ashaba near the city of Ras al-Ain, the state television of Syria.
Earlier, the Syrian state television reported that SDF detachments left Ras al-Ain, the city was occupied by the Turkish army. Later, the withdrawal of SDF forces was confirmed by the detachments themselves, as well as the Turkish Defense Ministry.
“Clashes in the village of Umm Ashba in the Ras Al Ain area between the Turkish occupation forces and the SDF,” Ikhbariya broadcasts.
In addition, the channel also reports that Turkish troops burn tires in tunnels in Ras al Ain.
Turkey and the United States on Thursday agreed that Ankara will stop its operation in Syria for five days to give Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces time to leave the 30-kilometer zone along the border.
SDF Commander Mazlum Abdi said that this agreement only applies to the area between the cities of Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain – that is, only a third of the border zone controlled by the Kurds. US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey confirmed this data, noting that Turkey is negotiating with Russia and the Syrian authorities over the remaining areas.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on October 9 announced the launch of Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Islamic State terrorist group.
Turkish aviation attacked the city of Ras al-Ain and a number of other Syrian cities on the border of the two countries on the same day.
Later it was announced the start of the ground part of the operation. The Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that the Turkish military and the Syrian armed opposition took control of Ras al-Ain on October 12, and the control of the city of Tell Abyad was announced the next day.
Syrian authorities have repeatedly condemned the occupation policy of Turkey in northern Syria. Russia stated that Turkey needs to avoid actions that could stand in the way of resolving the Syrian conflict, which has been ongoing since 2011.
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