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Syria Kurds call for civilian exit as Turkey encircles border town

Kursd fleeing from their homes in Turkish border Raqqa, Oct.17.– Authorities in north-eastern Syria on Thursday called for a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from a flashpoint border town encircled by Ankara's forces, as Turkey's offensive entered its ninth day.

Turkish troops and their Syrian proxies have fully encircled Ras Al Ain, a key border town where Kurdish fighters have been putting up stiff resistance.

"It is the first real advance of the Turkish forces inside the city, following fierce resistance by the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF]," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Massively outgunned by the Turkish army and its airforce, the Kurdish administration pleaded to allow civilians to exit the town that Turkey aims to capture.

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