At least 49 militants of the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA) were killed by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the border town of Ras al-Ayn on October 16, according to opposition activists.
The militants were reportedly looting houses inside Ras al-Ayn, in northern al-Hasakah, when they were ambushed by fighters of the Kurdish-led SDF.
According to the activists, 40 of the killed militants were members of the Sultan Murad Division while the rest were fighting in the ranks of the Hamza Division.
The NSA launched its attack on Ras al-Ayn eight days ago in the framework of Operation Peace Spring. However, the Turkish-backed coalition is yet to make any significant advance within the town.
Ras al-Ayn is one of the main targets of the Turkish Operation Peace Spring. The first phase of the operation is aimed at establishing a 120 km long, 30 km deep “safe-zone” between Ras al-Ayn and the town of Tell Abyad to the west.