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National Army thwarts Kurdish forces attack near Azaz town

Local | 2019-12-09 12:03:00
National Army thwarts Kurdish forces attack near Azaz town
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian National Army has preventing US-backed forces from entering the border town of Azaz late on Sunday, a spokesman for the Turkish-backed group told Zaman al-Wasl Monday.

Major. Yousef al-Hammoud said the SNA had repelled the Syrian Democratic Forces south of Azaz following fierce clashes  left casualties on both sides.

A total of 251 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have been killed by Kurdish militias in two months, according to Anadolu Agency.

Turkey and the National Syrian Army on October 9 launched a cross-border attack against Kurdish-held areas, grabbing a 120-kilometre-long (70-mile) swathe of Syrian land along the frontier.

The operation left hundreds dead and caused 300,000 people to flee their homes, in the latest humanitarian crisis in Syria's brutal eight-year war.

Ankara wants to set up a buffer zone on Syrian soil along the entire length of its 440-kilometre-long border, including to resettle some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.

Eight years of war in Syria have killed 560,000 people and driven half the pre-war population of 22 million from their homes, including more than 6 million as refugees to neighbouring countries.

Zaman Al Wasl
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