Akcakale celebrations as fighters enter Tal Abyad
Dateline: 13 October 2019 - Akcakale
Date: 10/13/2019 04:35 PM
Akcakale - 13 October 2019
1. Various of vehicles driving down road and honking horns celebrating the reports Turkey-backed Syrian forces had advanced into the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, UPSOUND of car horns
2. Children carry banner reading (English) "Don't panic"
3. People on motorcycles driving down road carrying Turkish flags, UPSOUND of car horns
4. Truck carrying Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters
5. Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighter smiling as they sit in the truck
6. Various of the truck carrying Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters as people applaud
7. Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters driving off in their vehicle
8. Various of vehicles with Turkish flags driving down a road, UPSOUND of car horns
Celebrations broke out in the Turkish town Akcakale on Sunday after reports Turkey-backed Syrian forces had advanced into the centre of the Syrian border town, Tal Abyad.
Cars drove down the main road with Turkish flags and honked their horns in the town just across the border from the captured Syrian town.
Fighters from the Turkey-backed Syrian forces received applause in Akcakale as they assisted Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria for the fifth day.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, also said Sunday that the Turkey-backed forces had "near full control" of the town.
Sporadic gunfire and an occasional mortar round could still be heard hitting Tal Abyad from Akcakale.
The Turkish government views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their links to an insurgency in southeast Turkey.
But those same Syrian Kurdish forces were a key US ally in the war against the Islamic State group.
Turkey has vowed to carve out a "safe zone" 30 kilometres (19 miles) inside Syria along the border.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier 17 villages around Tal Abyad had also been captured.
The Syrian Kurdish fighters had themselves captured the town from Islamic State group in 2015.