People in Akcakale, Turkey Celebrate “Fall” of Tel Abyad in Northeast Syria to Turkish Forces
Video provided by VOA Turkish service shows people in the southeastern Turkish town of Akcakale celebrating the alleged fall of the Syrian town of Tel Abyad to Turkish forces, aided by Turkish-backed Syrian militia, Sunday, October 13.
Early Sunday a mortar bullet hit a residential building in Akcakale, a Turkish town on the border with Syria. Reports said that the mortar was fired from northeast Syria.
Turkey’s official news agency says allied Syrian forces have captured the town of Suluk in the fifth day of the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria.
Anadolu news agency said Sunday the town’s center, located at a strategic crossroads about 10 km south of the border, was cleared of Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG.
Turkey considers the group a threat for links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency at home.
A Kurdish official on condition of anonymity said the clashes in Suluk were ongoing.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry tweeted 480 YPG fighters were “neutralized” since Wednesday. The number couldn’t be independently verified.
Several shells fired from Syria hit the Turkish border towns Akcakale and Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Anadolu news agency said one person was wounded Sunday in Suruc.