Turkish Kurd clashes kill 15

Turkish Kurd clashes kill 15


Clashes in northeast Syria between pro-Ankara fighters backed by the Turkish air force and a Damascus-backed force led by Syrian Kurds have left 15 dead, a monitor said.

Mr. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that pro-Turkish fighters and six members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in a zone between the towns of Tal Tamr and Ras al-Ain.

The state news agency SANA said earlier Syrian government forces had entered the provincial borders of Ras al-Ain near Turkey’s border on Saturday, an area that was taken by Turkish forces in the latter’s week-long offensive. The Observatory said the Syrian government’s deployment there was its largest in years.

Syrian government troops had also deployed along a road stretching some 30 km south of the frontier.