According to reports from northern Syria, violent clashes took place in the vicinity of the town of Ras al-Ain between Turkish forces and Kurdish militants.
The Turkish Defense Ministry announced earlier on Saturday the control of the Turkish army and groups loyal to him on the border town as part of the Turkish incursion into northern Syria.
But the SDF, a Kurdish majority, denied it.
Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Turkish forces controlled only part of the town.
Preliminary statistics indicate that about 50 civilians have been killed on both sides of the border and more than 100,000 people have been displaced.
Analysts say US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the region has paved the way for Turkish forces to launch raids on the SDF, the West’s main ally in the war against IS.
Turkey accuses Kurdish guerrillas of terrorism and says it wants to clear the “safe zone” from them. Turkey plans to establish a safe area, up to about 30 kilometers in the Syrian territory, where it plans to return more than three million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.
The fate of thousands of prisoners, including foreigners, ISIS suspects, who are guarded by Kurdish forces in the region, is the primary concern of the international community.
What are the latest developments?
Turkey says its forces and pro-Syrian opposition factions seized the town of Ras al-Ain from the Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday, but the Kurdish-led coalition denies it.
The city was heavily bombed for several days, with Turkish warplanes flying overhead.
Syrian opposition forces allied to Turkey say they have, in other areas, taken control of important and strategic roads 30 km from the border, and have taken over a dozen villages.
The SDF is facing numerous Turkish ground and air attacks along the Turkish-Syrian border, about 120 km long.
In a televised statement Saturday, Syrian Democratic Forces leader Redor Jalil called on the United States to help protect them, calling it a “moral obligation.”
“We don’t want them to send their troops to the front lines,” Jalil said. “All we want is to close Turkish airspace and they can do it easily.”
Turkey has announced that it will keep ISIS operatives detained in northeastern Syria under Kurdish control after expressing its readiness to cooperate with countries belonging to the rehabilitation of their families.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a press statement: “At this stage we will keep the elements of” ISIS “and their families, and Turkey will be held in areas free of terrorism in Syria.
She added: “We are ready to work with international organizations and countries to which ISIS members belong to foreigners in the rehabilitation of their wives and children who are not involved in crimes.”
On the diplomatic level, the Arab League demanded that Turkey immediately cease its military operations in northern Syria and withdraw completely from Syrian territory, calling the Turkish military operation an “unacceptable aggression and aggression” against the sovereignty of an Arab state.
The Arab League said in a statement after an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers, at the request of Egypt, that it is considering to take diplomatic, economic and investment measures, did not name, and other related to military cooperation with Turkey, while the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Abul-Gheit The individual state will take into account the “philosophy of gradualism in dealing with this subject”, without giving further details.
Both Qatar and Somalia had reservations about the final statement of the meeting, according to Aboul Gheit, who made it clear at a news conference that the two countries would submit reservations in writing to the League later today.
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