Ras al Ayn, Syria (AP Photo)

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12 October 2019

Turkish forces claimed they had taken control of the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, which was at the center of operations against Kurdish militants. "Following successful operations in the Peace Spring operation, the urban area of ​​Ras al-Ain east of the Euphrates was taken over," the Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Twitter. The Turkish offensive in the north-east of Syria it penetrated up to 8 km from the Tal Abyd side and 4 km from the Ras al Ayn side, the two frontier locations from which the Ankara incursion started on Wednesday. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said so. The declared goal of Turkey is to create a buffer zone at least 30 km deep.

Kurdish authorities: Ras al-Ain still in our hands
The Kurdish authorities deny the announcement by the Turkish Defense Ministry that the city of Ras al-Ain would have been conquered by the Ankara army. "Ras Al-Ain is still resisting and the fighting has occurred," said an official of the Syrian democratic forces Kurdish guide, international media report. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights itself states that the city, the main target of the Turkish offensive, has not been completely conquered.

Ong, ten civilians killed in Turkish bombing
At least 10 civilians were killed this morning in Turkish bombing in northeastern Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports this. At the moment there are violent fighting going on.

ISIS claims the first attack
Worry about foreign fighters. The attack carried out yesterday with a car bomb in the city of Qamishli was claimed by ISIS, according to which the explosion caused "dozens" of victims. The Site, the website for monitoring online jihadism, reports this. Qamishli is located in the area under Kurdish control in northern Syria, to the east of the area where Turkey began its military operation. In the same area there is a prison hit by a Turkish raid, from which, according to local authorities, 5 ISIS jihadists would have fled.

The UN: at least 100 thousand people on the run
In Syria, since the beginning of the Turkish offensive, there have been at least 100 thousand displaced persons. The UN underlines this.

The reactions
Trump-Erdogan clash on the attack on the Kurds in Syria. 'Stop the war,' warns the US president. 'Forward despite the threats', the reply.

US and Europe ready for sanctions against Ankara. 'Europe lacking a substantial foreign political influence'. Conte: 'Ankara stops, the EU does not accept it'