DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Intense clashes broke out Saturday between Syrian authorities troops and Turkish-led forces in northeast Syria, the nation’s state media and an opposition warfare monitor reported.
A number of individuals had been injured, together with a cameraman for state-run Syrian TV, based on each SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory and Kurdish information company Hawar mentioned a Syrian main normal and a colonel had been additionally wounded.
Turkey invaded northeast Syria final month to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters close to the border. The Kurdish teams referred to as in Syrian authorities forces to halt Turkey’s advance. Syrian authorities forces have since clashed with Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters, regardless of a shaky truce brokered by Russia.
SANA mentioned the clashes Saturday concerned heavy machine gun hearth and occurred within the village of Um Shaifa close to the city of Ras al-Ayn, which was captured by Turkish-led forces troops final month.
The Observatory mentioned authorities forces withdrew from a number of areas together with Um Shaifa, leaving Kurdish fighters alone to face the assaults, which additionally concerned Turkish drones.
Syrian state TV mentioned one in all its cameramen was wounded within the preventing, whereas the Observatory mentioned a number of had been wounded together with a paramedic.
Turkey’s Protection Ministry mentioned Saturday it had recorded eight violations or assaults carried out by Syrian Kurdish fighters within the final 24 hours, regardless of separate ceasefire agreements that Turkey has reached with Russia and the USA. The ministry mentioned on its Twitter account that the Syrian Kurdish fighters attacked with mortars, rockets and sniper hearth, with out saying the place the assaults had occurred.
The ministry gave no point out of preventing with Syrian authorities troops.
Final week, Turkish forces captured 18 Syrian authorities troopers within the space and set them free hours later following mediation by Russia.
On Saturday, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized a U.S. determination to ship U.S. troops to guard oil fields in jap Syria, saying nobody however Syria has rights over the nation’s reserves.
The U.S. has mentioned the transfer is aimed toward stopping the oil fields from falling into the palms of Islamic State militants. Turkey is worried that U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters will profit from the oil revenues. Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their hyperlinks to Kurdish militants preventing inside.
“To come back from tens of hundreds of miles away and to say we’ll put the nation’s wealth, oil reserves to make use of is towards worldwide legislation. And we oppose it. ” Cavusoglu mentioned on the finish of a regional financial cooperation assembly. “These (reserves) belong to the Syrian individuals and needs to be utilized in a method that advantages the individuals of Syria.”
Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey.