Redwan Bezar-Tel Abyad
On Thursday, unprecedented clashes occurred at the Syrian-Turkish borders between the Turkish forces and rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), in Tel Abyad city, north Syria. One FSA rebel and a Turkish soldier were killed, beside four injuries among civilians due to the clashes.
The clashes occurred after an attempt by the Turkish border guards to close the borders “due to the chaos at the Syrian side of the border checkpoint in Tel Abyad”.
The FSA rebels, the sole dominant force in the city and its border with Turkey, protested against the Turkish decision because of the importance of keeping the border open to receive the injuries of the two-year-old war in Syria. Consequently, both sides opened fire against each other, resulting in two casualties from both parties and four injuries among civilians.
Accordingly, the Turkish government has reportedly reinforced the security at the Turkish side of the bordering point, constraints are imposed on anyone who tries to cross and enter Turkey, and injuries are prevented from being transferred to Turkish hospitals.
The rebels are therefore transferring the injured people due to the airstrikes –carried out by the régime forces– to the neighboring city of Raqqa.
Most of the checkpoints at the Syrian borders with the neighboring countries, including that with Turkey, are controlled by the Syrian rebels and are considered strongholds for the opposition forces after constant clashes with the forces of Assad régime, and the régime is currently launching airstrikes against these neighboring areas in order to weaken the opposition’s grip there.
Source: ARA News
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