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AUGUST 2020

Tensions Grow In Turkish-Occupied Ras Al-Ain

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Clashes between Turkish-backed militants in the occupied town of Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria have subsided somewhat. Nevertheless, tension is mounting in the town.

The clashes broke out late on July 3 between militants of the Sultan Murad Division and tribesmen loyal to the Hamza Division. Heavy weapons were used during the clashes, which lasted all the afternoon.

Tensions Grow In Turkish-Occupied Ras Al-Ain

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As a result of the clashes, the Aluk water pumping station that supplies a large part of al-Hasakah was knocked out. The militants’ heavy fire caused the blackout of the station.

The clashes ended after the intervention of the al-Sharqiyah Army, which had deployed forces inside Ras al-Ain and on the entrances of the town.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four militants from the Sultan Murad Division and the Hamza Division were killed in the clashes. A young girl was also killed when a projectile had struck her house.

Despite the end of the clashes, tension is mounting between the Sultan Murad Division and the Hamza Division in Ras al-Ain. The two groups may resume clashes in the upcoming few hours. Turkey, as usual, doesn’t apply measures to stop the bloody clashes.

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