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Clashes have been reported near Syria’s key northeastern border town of Ras al-Ayn as Turkish soldiers and Syrian government forces engaged in an exchange of gunfire there.

Iran Press/Middle East: The clashes took place after the area came under attack from the Turkish side. There were no immediate reports about possible casualties.

The development came only three days after Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in that region. Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

SANA said the allies attacked Syrian army positions outside the town of Tal Tamr and Syrian army deployed in new areas near the Turkish border

Meanwhile, Syrian army units on Sunday were deployed to new areas in northern Syria near the Turkish border.

The army units entered the villages of Um al-Harmala, Bab al-Khair, Um Ashba and Assadiya on the outskirts of Ras al-Ayn in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

On October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria in a declared attempt to push YPG militants away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984. The YPG constitutes the backbone of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).


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