- Title: Explosions in northern Syria as Turkey presses its military offensive
- Date: 11th October 2019
- Summary: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) CLOUDS OF SMOKE RISING TO SKY VARIOUS OF SMOKE BILLOWING OUT CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TANKS AND ARMOURED MILITARY VEHICLES DRIVING TO SYRIAN BORDER VEHICLES DRIVING UNDER LARGE TURKISH FLAG VARIOUS OF VEHICLES DRIVING SYRIAN REBEL WAVING ATOP AN ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIER MACHINE GUN MOUNTED TRUCKS DRIVING PAST ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVING TOWARDS BORDER VARIOUS OF SYRIAN REBELS ATOP OF ARMOURED VEHICLES VARIOUS OF CONVOY TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 11, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SMOKE BILLOWING
- Embargoed: 25th October 2019 08:02
- Keywords: Turkey Syria explosions convoy military operation operation peace spring
- Location: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY), TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY), CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY
- City: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY), TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY), CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0NJL1J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Plumes of smoke rose above the Syrian border towns of Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain as Turkey bombarded Kurdish militia targets on the third day of an offensive that has killed hundreds of people and forced tens of thousands to flee.
Since Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the way following a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the incursion has opened a major new front in the eight-year-old Syrian civil war and drawn fierce criticism internationally.
On Friday morning, Turkish jets and artillery struck around Syria's Ras al Ain, one of two border towns that have been the focus of the offensive. Gunfire could also be heard inside the town, said a Reuters journalist in Ceylanpinar, on the Turkish side of the border.
Meanwhile, a convoy of 20 armoured vehicles carrying Syrian rebels entered Syria from Ceylanpinar. Some of them made victory signs, shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) and waved Syrian rebel flags as they advanced towards Ras al Ain.
Some 120 km (75 miles) west, Turkish howitzers resumed shelling near the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, a witness said.
Turkey's Defence Ministry said that in overnight operations the Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies killed 49 Kurdish militants. It says it has killed 277 militants in total.
(Production: Mert Ozkan, Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Murad Sezer)
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