Syrian forces exchange fire with Turkish troops near Ra’s al-Ayn
Sun Oct 27, 2019 02:13PM [Updated: Sun Oct 27, 2019 02:37PM ]
Clashes have been reported near Syria’s key northeastern border town of Ra’s al-Ayn as Turkish soldiers and Syrian government forces engaged in an exchange of gunfire there.
Syria’s official news agency SANA reported the fighting on Sunday afternoon, saying that the clashes took place after the area came under attack from the Turkish side.
There were no immediate reports about possible casualties.
The development came only three days after Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria.
SANA said the allies attacked Syrian army positions outside the town of Tal Tamr.
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Meanwhile, Syrian army units on Sunday were deployed to new areas in northern Syria near the Turkish border.
The army units entered the villages of Um al-Harmala, Bab al-Khair, Um Ashba and Assadiya on the outskirts of Ra’s al-Ayn in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.
One Turkish soldier killed, 5 injured in YPG attack in Syria
Separately, one Turkish soldier was killed and five others were wounded in Ra’s al-Ayn after a rocket and mortar attack by Kurdish militants from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Turkey’s Defense Ministry said.
The military was doing reconnaissance work and responded in kind to the attack, ‘neutralizing’ the terrorists, the ministry said in a statement.
One of TAF personnel was martyred and 5 were wounded as a result of the harrassment attacks committed by PKK/YPG terrorists against our elements conducting reconnaissance-surveillance activities in Rasulayn, the area of Operation Peace Spring.