October 30, 2019 / 1:50 PM / 18 days ago

Syrian army clashes with Turkish forces in northeast border area - state tv

A Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighter walks next to their vehicle in the Syrian town of Ras al Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian army troops on Wednesday were engaged in heavy clashes with Turkish forces in the countryside around the border town of Ras al Ain in an area where a military offensive by Ankara aims to create a “safe” zone, state media said.

It did not give details but Turkish-backed rebels said intermittent clashes have taken place in recent days with Syrian troops south of Ras al Ain, which was seized from Syrian Kurdish-led forces.

Syrian troops have with the agreement of Kurdish forces stepped in to take up positions in the area.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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