October 12, 2019
BEIRUT/ANKARA: Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria denied Saturday claims by the Turkish defense ministry that its forces had taken the battleground border town of Ras al-Ain, the first in its four-day-old offensive.
“Ras al-Ain is still resisting and clashes are ongoing,” said an official of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
An AFP correspondent in the area said Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels had entered the town but had yet to capture it.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights too reported that the town, a major target of the Turkish offensive, had yet to be overrun.
A senior Turkish security official said Saturday that Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seized control of Ras al-Ain’s town center in northeast Syria on Saturday as Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in the region entered its fourth day.
“The [Syrian rebel] national army took control of the town center this morning. Inspections are being conducted in residential areas,” the official said.