"Our soldiers have been battling since this morning. They've been battling like lions. They battled like lions in Tal Abyad and Tal Abyad has fallen. As of now, Tal Abyad is finished."
9. Akcakale Mayor Mehmet Yalcinkaya (in red tie) talking to reporters
10. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Mehmet Yalcinkaya, Akcakale mayor:
"There is hand-to-hand combat in Tal Abyad today. There are martyrs among close relatives. Our close Syrian relations have been wounded. Everything continues as planned, there's nothing to be worried about. The place we call Tal Abyad has been under siege since yesterday and we've reached the end."
11. Various of Akcakale residents celebrating, UPSOUND (Turkish) "Martyrs don't die, the nation is indivisible" and "God is great!"
Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said on Sunday that Turkey-backed Syrian forces have advanced into the centre of a Syrian border town, Tal Abyad, on the fifth day of the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria.
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 just across the border in the Turkish town of Akcakale.
There were some celebrations in Akcakale, with people waving Turkish flags.
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" 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 the Islamic State group in 2015.