Early on October 10, the Turkish military and the National Syrian Army (NSA) made their first gains in northeast Syria by capturing positions west of the strategic town of Tell Abyad in northern al-Raqqa.
The NSA said that its fighters imposed control of the town of Yabseh along with its farms as well as the village of Tell Fender.
Warplanes and artillery of the Turkish Air Force (TAF) are now targeting the remaining Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions in Tell Abyad and its surroundings.
From its side, the SDF claimed that its fighters had destroyed four Turkish battle tanks during the clashes around Tell Abyad. However, the Kurdish group presented no evidence to back its claims.
The Turkish offensive in northeast Syria, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, was launched a day earlier with the aim of establishing a “safe zone” in the region.
So far, at least eight civilians have been killed as a result of Turkish bombardment on northeast Syria. The number will likely grow in the coming hours.