- Title: Explosions light up night sky in border towns of Syria
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) AUDIO OF EXPLOSION HEARD IN THE BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF FIRE BURNING AND SMOKE BILLOWING OUT IN DISTANCE TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FIRE BURNING AS THE SUN SETS
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 16:57
- Keywords: Turkey Syria military operation Operation Peace Spring explosion night shot
- Location: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY), TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY)
- City: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY), TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY)
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IN613
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Fire and smoke were seen billowing out as sun set in Syria's border towns Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad on Thursday (October 10), as Turkey pounded Kurdish militia in northeast Syria for a second day, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and killing dozens.
The Turkish offensive against the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces, launched days after Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the way, opens one of the biggest new fronts in years in an eight-year-old civil war that has drawn in global powers.
At least 23 fighters with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and six fighters with a Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group had been killed, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria's eight-year-old war.
The SDF said Turkish air strikes and shelling had also killed nine civilians. In an apparent attempt by Kurdish-led forces to retaliate, mortar fire from Syria killed three people including a child in the Turkish border town of Akcakale, hospital and security sources said.
The International Rescue Committee said 64,000 people in Syria have fled since the campaign began, the Observatory said. The towns of Ras al-Ain and Darbasiya, some 60 km (37 miles) to the east, have been largely deserted as a result of the attack.
The Observatory said Turkish forces had seized two villages near Ras al-Ain and five near the town of Tel Abyad.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told members of his AK Party in Ankara that 109 militants had been killed so far. Kurds said they were resisting the assault.
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