Three Turkish border guards killed by Syrian smugglers

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Syrian-Turkish borders. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Three Turkish border guards were reportedly killed on Monday’s night on the Syrian-Turkish border near the town of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in northeastern Syria, after clashes with smugglers.

Local activists from the city of Sere Kaniye told ARA News that clashes erupted between the two sides in the midnight on Monday, which led to the death of three Turkish border guards near the village of Alok Gharbi, on the road between the cities of Derbassiyeh and Sere kaniye at the Turkish side.

The group of armed smugglers was trying to inspect illegal roads from Syria to Turkey in order to assist a number of Syrians to enter the Turkish territory.

Following the incident, the Turkish army fired a tank shell at the village of al-Naddas at the Syrian side, without recording casualties. Material damage was caused to the area.

The Syrian-Turkish border at areas with a majority of Kurdish population is experiencing intensified security restriction by the Turkish border guards to prevent further influx of Syrians into Turkey.

The remaining border crossings under the control of the Syrian opposition fighters and al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (previously known as ISIL) are open to the Syrians, such as Tel Abyad, Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salama crossings.

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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