The Kurds of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have opposed the Turkish attack on Ras al Ain, Kurdish sources say, despite Turkish claims that all objective objectives have been seized. According to Kurdish sources, 14 Turkish soldiers were killed in the fighting.
The Turks claim that their troops have entered the town of Tel Abiad. The above mentioned Al Mayadeen television station, citing Kurdish sources.
Kurdish forces claim to have destroyed four Turkish tanks near the town of Ras al-Ain. Al Mayadeen television station has spoken of Turkish airstrikes on oil facilities in al-Hasakah province. These are oil fields in the northwest of the province.
At the same time, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have announced that their fighters are headed to the northeast of Syria to reinforce Turkish troops there that have crossed the border between the two countries.
What Ankara maintains
Turkish forces participating in a military operation in northeast Syria have achieved their predetermined goals and their operation continues successfully as planned, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced today.
As he adds on Twitter, this operation, aimed at the Kurdish militia, which Ankara has described as a terrorist organization, continued throughout the night by air and ground. The attack began yesterday after some of their troops were removed from the United States.
Earlier, the Turkish Ministry of Defense again said in a message on Twitter that Turkish forces are moving deeper into Syrian territory east of Euphrates today, the second day of their operations in northeast Syria.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF on Wednesday said they repelled a Turkish ground offensive on Syria’s northern border, shortly after Ankara announced the land phase of its operation against Kurdish forces had commenced.
“Ground attack by Turkish forces has been repelled by SDF fighters in (Tel Abyad town) [Gire Spi]…No advance as of now,” Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, said on Twitter.
Thousands of civilians have fled Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northern border, a war monitor said Wednesday.
“Thousands have fled the Ras al-Ain area … and Tel Abyad’s countryside,” to areas that have not yet been hit by Ankara’s warplanes, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Kurdish forces say Turkish airstrike hit Syria prison holding Islamic State detainees
The Syrian Kurdish SDF forces said a Turkish air strike on Wednesday hit a prison which holds detained Islamic State militants.
“One of the prisons that ISIS detainees (are) held in was struck by Turkish airstrike,” the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a tweet without giving any further details.
Turkish army attacks Syria Kurds in Ras al Ain
Turkish bombardment on Kurdish region in northeastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, eight of them civilians, a monitoring group said in an updated toll.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least two of the civilian victims were killed in artillery strikes on the main Kurdish city of Qamishlo.
Turkey launched its threatened offensive hours earlier, with a limited number of airstrikes and mostly artillery fire across most of the width of its long border with Kurdish regions of Syria.
The Britain-based Observatory, which has a vast network of sources across Syria, said more than 40 people had also been wounded in the early phase of the attack.
The Kurds have vowed to resist any ground offensive and called on the population to mobilise.
The flat and open terrain favours Turkey’s vastly superior military however and the Kurdish forces have limited means to resist without the support of their US allies.
The offensive, which was widely condemned, comes three days after US President Donald Trump announced a US troop pullback from the border, effectively green-lighting a Turkish invasion.