February 20, 2018 / 4:11 PM / a month ago

Pro-Syrian government forces retreat after Turkish artillery fire: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Pro-Syrian government forces en route to the northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday retreated after Turkish forces fired artillery as a warning, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Anadolu, without giving a source, said the pro-Syrian government forces had turned back some 10 kilometres (6.2 miles)from Afrin’s border.

Earlier on Tuesday Syrian state television had shown the pro-Damascus forces entering the Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters defend against a month-long Turkish offensive.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan

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