Turkish artillery renewed the shelling of the positions of the Kurdish "People's Protection" units in Tel Abyad coincided with clashes in the region. The Turkish Defense Ministry said it had bombed 181 targets as part of the military operation "Spring of Peace" launched by the Turkish army on Wednesday evening in northeastern Syria against Kurdish militants.
The operation began on Wednesday afternoon with aerial bombardment by Turkish fighter jets on positions of the YPG in Tel Abyad. The protection forces said that the Turkish bombing killed five civilians and wounded dozens of others, as well as killing three of its fighters.
Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that Turkish forces crossed the Syrian border on Wednesday to the cities of Tel Abyad and Ras Al-Ain from four axes, along with the forces of the "Syrian National Army" of the Syrian opposition.
Earlier, Al Jazeera correspondent reported that Turkish fighter jets launched raids on sites belonging to the Kurdish People's Units in the cities of Ras al-Ain and Tel Abyad, followed by the artillery shelling of other sites belonging to these units in Tel Abyad.
Turkish officials say the operation aims to create a safe zone extending to the Euphrates River to the west, where the city of Jarablus and even Malikiyah, the far north-east of Syria in the Turkish-Iraqi border triangle, with a depth of 30 to 40 km and a length of about 450 km.
Turkish Vice President Fuad Oktay told a news conference in Bursa that the aim of Operation Spring is to eradicate what terrorist organizations have called for and to create a safe area to allow one million Syrian refugees to return home to live in peace and security.
The Syrian news agency said that the Turkish army began to remove a number of concrete blocks at the separation wall on the Turkish border with Syria.
On the other hand, said the official PYD information in Europe Hussein Fiqh that resisting what he called the "Turkish occupation" in northern Syria by all possible means, is the choice of the SDF and the rest of its components.
They said a Turkish air strike hit a jail on Wednesday of ISIS detainees.
For its part, said the "Association of Syrian Kurdish independents" it supports the efforts of the safe area of salvation of what it called "the forces of terrorism." In a statement, the association said Operation Spring Well was and remains a Syrian national revolutionary demand, appealing to residents in the east of the Euphrates to stay away from military areas and to stay in their homes.
Al Jazeera correspondent said Turkish fighter jets were operating from Diyarbakir base in southern Turkey to participate in the operation, while Reuters news agency quoted a Turkish official as saying that the operation began with air strikes and supported by artillery fire.
Flight ban demands
The Reuters news agency quoted the Syrian Democratic Forces demanding the United States and the international coalition to establish a no-fly zone to stop the Turkish attacks.
Local sources told Al Jazeera that the SDF is evacuating a number of its positions in Ain Issa in Raqqa countryside, and booby-trapping positions inside the city of Tal Abyad.
Al-Jazeera correspondent pointed to the fall of mortar shells on the cities of Nusaybin and Geylan Pinar in the Turkish border region, without recording casualties or material.
The Syrian news agency (SANA) said that the Syrian Democratic Forces set fire to some oil wells in the northern countryside of Hasaka.
Turkey briefed the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, NATO and the UN Secretary General on Wednesday noon.