- Title: Turkey targets Syria border town
- Date: 13th October 2019
- Summary: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) PLUMES OF SMOKE RISING FROM EXPLOSIONS SMOKE FROM EXPLOSION RISING THROUGH SKY NEAR YELLOW YPG FLAG VARIOUS OF EXPLOSIONS NEAR TOWER STRUCTURE VIEW OF BORDER WALL BETWEEN TEL ABYAD AND AKCAKALE, SMOKE RISING ON HORIZON AKCAKALE, TURKEY (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS RIDING ON TRUCKS ON TURKISH SIDE OF BORDER TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS) AUDIO OF EXPLOSION, YPG FLAG FLYING SMOKE FROM EXPLOSION RISING ACROSS SKY AUDIO OF EXPLOSION, TOWER STRUCTURES IN TEL ABYAD YPG FLAG FLYING SMOKE RISING AROUND TWO TOWERS SMOKE RISING FROM FIRE BURNING ON SLOPE OF HILL VARIOUS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES DRIVING SMOKE RISING BEHIND BUILDING AND RAILS OF BALCONY VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING OVER HORIZON
- Embargoed: 27th October 2019 07:37
- Keywords: Syria Turkey Tel Abyad Akcakale war in Syria border town
- Location: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) / AKCAKALE, TURKEY
- City: TEL ABYAD, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM AKCAKALE, TURKEY) / AKCAKALE, TURKEY
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0XJQYV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkish forces targeted areas around two Syrian border towns with fresh shelling on Sunday (October 13), pressing on with their offensive against Kurdish militia for a fifth day in the face of fierce international opposition.
Ankara launched the cross-border assault against the YPG militia after U.S President Donald Trump withdrew some U.S. troops from the border region. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist group aligned with Kurdish militants in Turkey.
Gunfire resounded early on Sunday around Ras al Ain, one of two Syrian towns which are the focus of the attack, while Turkish artillery continued to target the area, a Reuters reporter across the border in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar said.
At Tel Abyad, the operation's other main target some 120 km (75 miles) to the west, Turkish howitzers shelled outlying districts, a witness in the neighboring Turkish town of Akcakale said.
The Kurdish-led administration in Syria's northeast has said nearly 200,000 people had been uprooted so far by the fighting, while the U.N. World Food Programme said more than 100,000 had left Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad.
(Production: Dato Chkhikvishvili, Rosalind Church)
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