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Turkish media say forces capture town of Suluk in NE Syria

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters evacuate an injured fellow combatant in Tel Abyad, Syria, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (Aref Tammawi/DHA via AP)

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's official news agency says allied Syrian forces have captured the town Suluk in the fifth day of the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria.

    Anadolu news agency said Sunday the town's center -- located at a strategic crossroads about 10 km south of the border -- was cleared of Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG.

    Turkey considers the group a threat for links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency at home.

    A Kurdish official on condition of anonymity said the clashes in Suluk were ongoing.

    Turkey's Defense Ministry tweeted 480 YPG fighters were "neutralized" since Wednesday. The number couldn't be independently verified.

    Several shells fired from Syria hit the Turkish border towns Akcakale and Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Anadolu news agency said one person was wounded Sunday in Suruc.

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