Hundreds of Syrians enter Turkey escaping Tal Abyad violence

Nearly 800 Syrians, escaping from the clashes between ISIS and Kurdish groups in Tal Abyad, crossed into Turkey from Akcakale border

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nearly 800 Syrians crossed into Turkey from Akcakale border in southeastern Sanliurfa province on Tuesday, following the clashes between ISIS and Kurdish groups in Tal Abyad town of Raqqa province.

Clashes between ISIS and Kurdish groups have increased in the eastern part of Tal Abyad as ISIS tries to retake control of the town.

The Syrians, mostly children and the elderly, are guided to camps by vans after being taken to registration centers.

Five Syrians, who were wounded during the clashes, have been taken under treatment in Akcakale public hospital.

More than 23,000 civilians from Syrian villages and towns have crossed the Turkish border into the southeastern province of Sanliurfa in earlier June, as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) - the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)-  and  Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces had been carrying out operations in the northeastern regions of Tal Abyad and Al Hasakah, to push back the ISIS militants.

Tal Abyad came under the domination of ISIS in June 2014 and was captured by the YPG and FSA forces on June 15, 2015.

Tal Abyad is across the Turkish border district Akcakale of Sanliurfa within the Raqqa province of Syria.

Turkey recently raised its concerns over the border security and displacement of Turkmen and Arabs from Tal Abyad.
According to UN estimates, over  220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war that started as an uprise and descended later into a complex civil war. More than 6.7 million people have fled the country while millions of others are displaced internally.

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