BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – Heavy clashes broke out this afternoon between the Kurdish-led forces and Turkish-backed militants along the northeastern border of Syria, a new report read.
According to the report, the clashes broke out between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkish-backed Syrian National Army at three towns south of Ras Al-‘Ayn.
The report specified that the clashes took place at the towns of Al-Manajeer, Al-Asadiyah, and Jafah following the SDF’s refusal to withdrawal from this area in favor of the Turkish military.
There have no reports about casualties; however, the Syrian Democratic Forces did issue a stern statement on Thursday that warned the Turkish military against violating the terms of the ceasefire deal.
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to a new plan that would see the Syrian military effectively take control of most of the border region between Aleppo and Al-Hasakah.
The Syrian Army will man at least 15 observation posts with the Russian military police along the border, while giving the Turkish Armed Forces a 10-kilometer-deep zone to conduct patrols.