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Syrian locals pelt Turkish forces with stones, shoes in Syria’s Hasakah

Dozens of people in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah have vented their anger by throwing stones at Turkish military forces for their presence in the area following a cross-border incursion by Turkish army troops and their allied militants against militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that residents of the village of Dayr al-Ghosn pelted the armored military vehicles of Turkish troops with stones and shoes on Friday.

The report added that Turkish forces, in return, fired tear gas to quell the protest and disperse the crowd.

Locals pelt Turkish forces with stones and shoes in the village of Dayr al-Ghosn, Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, November 8, 2019. (Photo by SANA)

Separately, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a young man had lost his life after a Turkish military vehicle ran him over in the village of Sarmsakh near the border with Turkey.

The Britain-based war monitor said villagers had gathered in an area to express their rejection of Turkish troops’ presence. The protesters threw stones, shoes and vegetables at the Turkish forces.

Medical sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Observatory that the young man arrived at al-Malikiyah Hospital in critical condition, and died there as a result of excessive internal bleeding. He also had his pelvis and most of his bones broken.

Also on Friday, Turkish and Russian militaries held the third round of joint patrols in the rural Qamishli area in northern Syria.

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