US News Syria: three attacks in four days in Ras al-Ain, on the Turkish border

03:06  27 july  2020
03:06  27 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Turkish -led offensive has struck between the towns of Ras al - Ain and Tal Abyad in the central area of Syria 's border with Turkey . An SDF Twitter account said an attack by Turkish forces east of the Jalab river had been repelled, with three military vehicles destroyed and 22 enemy combatants

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Bombardement de l'armée turque sur la ville syrienne de Ras al-Ain contrôlée jusque-là par les milices kurdes, dans le nord-est du pays, le 9 octobre 2019. (Photo d'illustration) © Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP Bombardment of the Turkish army on the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain controlled until then by the Kurdish militias, in the northeast of the country, October 9, 2019. (Photo illustration)

At least eight people including six civilians perished on Sunday July 26 in the explosion of a motorcycle bomb in the town of Ras al-Ain, in northeastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) and media close to Damascus. Nineteen people were also injured in the attack, which has not been claimed.

From our correspondent in Beirut, Paul Khalifeh

This is the third time in four days that the city of Ras al-Aïn, bordering Turkey, has been hit by an attack. The explosion on Sunday, July 26 took place in a vegetable market and caused extensive damage and a fire. On Saturday, four people were killed and ten others were injured in a car bomb in the same city.

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After four days of fighting, the Kurds agreed a deal with the Syrian government for the Syrian army to be deployed on the border to help repel the Turkish Some 5,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) living at the Mabruka camp, west of Ras al - Ain , had to be evacuated towards Hassakeh city after the

Turkish soldiers say they have seized Ras al - Ain as they press the offensive against Kurdish forces. Fierce fighting is taking place around the Syrian border town of Ras al - Ain as Turkish forces It has been under intense bombardment for days , with Turkish warplanes circling overhead.

Ras al-Aïn is the first locality captured by Turkish forces and their Syrian auxiliaries during the offensive launched last October against Kurdish militias controlling northeastern Syria. This military operation allowed Turkey to occupy a strip of 120 kilometers to a depth of 30 kilometers in Syrian territory.

But insecurity reigns in these areas administered by Syrian rebel groups close to Ankara. Attacks, assassinations, kidnappings and abuses are commonplace. Sunday's explosion has not been claimed. Ankara, however, accused Kurdish militias, linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), of being behind the attack.

► See also: Question on the capture of the Kurdish city of Ras al-Aïn by the Turkish army

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