Turkey was increasing its military presence in the town of Ras al-Ain in northern countryside of Syria’s al-Hasakah, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on July 10.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the Turkish military has established a new base in the village of Tell Halaf, near Ras al-Ain.
Furthermore, Turkish forces were seen patrolling Ras al-Ain’s towns center. The SOHR claims that these new measures are meant to guarantee the security of the town, which is located right on the border with Turkey.
“[Turkish forces want to] regulate the armed aspects in the town, place it under their control and to punish anyone who carry weapons inside it, except for the police and pro-Turkish factions,’ the SOHR’s report reads.
Earlier this month, a fierce battle between Turkish-backed militants took place in Ras al-Ain. At least four militants and a young girl were killed in the clashes.
The town has also been hit by a series of explosions over the past few months. Eight people were killed and injured as a result of the most recent explosion, which took place on December 4.
The work to secure Ras al-Ain is likely related to Turkey’s efforts to secure its own border with Syria. Turkish forces ignore the deteriorating security situation in the areas which are located far enough from the border line, like Afrin in northern Aleppo.