The National Syrian Army (NSA) has renewed its ground operation around the town of Ras al-Ayn with a direct support from the Turkish military.
According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), NSA militants advanced south of the border town in the late hours of October 19, capturing the village of Umm al-Asafir.
The village is located on the road linking Ras al-Ayn with Tell Tamr, where several units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are deployed to support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
In the morning, the NSA backed by battle tanks of the Turkish Armed Forces advanced east of Ras al-Ayn capturing several towns and blocking the 25 highway. However, the SDF managed to reverse the militants’ gains within a few hours.
Despite the heavy clashes around Ras al-Ayn, a convoy of first responders and medical personnel was able to enter the town in the afternoon. Dozens of injured people and corpses were reportedly evacuated from the conflict area.
Kurdish fighters were supposed to withdraw from Ras al-Ayn and other border areas under the U.S. sponsored ceasefire announced two days ago. However, the ceasefire has collapsed.