A battle is below way for a important Syrian border town as Turkey presses its military assault against Kurdish fighters in the area.
But when Ankara mentioned its forces had seized the centre of Ras al Ain this has been disputed by Syrian Kurdish forces.
The capture of the town would be Turkey’s most substantial get due to the fact its invasion started on Wednesday.
Ankara launched its ground and air offensive into northern Syria right after Donald Trump cleared the way by pulling back American forces from the region, who had been fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS).
Washington has subsequently demanded Turkey halt its offensive, which has observed American forces come below artillery fire, warning the regime that it was causing “excellent harm” to ties and could face sanctions.
There has been international condemnation of the offensive, with accusations of ethnic cleansing and fears about the humanitarian price.
The UN has estimated a lot more than 100,000 individuals have been forced to flee the fighting.
The UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has mentioned Turkey’s military assault weakens the fight against IS and dangers deepening the plight of civilians in the war-ravaged area.
He argued that Ankara will have to show “maximum restraint” as the air and ground offensive enters its fourth day.
But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed the mounting criticism insisting that Turkey “will not cease it, no matter what any one says”.
Meanwhile, IS have moved to exploit the conflict, exploding a automobile bomb at a prison in the city of Hasaka in northeastern Syria, in a bid to breakout detained militants.
The blast forced Kurdish-led safety forces to send reinforcements to avoid an escape.
A Kurdish official has currently warned that the Turkish offensive has weakened its capacity to safe prisoners.
In Ras al Ain, a single of two Syrian border towns targeted in the offensive, thick plumes of smoke could be observed amid the sound of gunfire and warplanes flying overhead.
It was reported to be quieter at Tel Abyad, the operation’s other principal target some 75 miles (120km) to the west, with only occasional shelling heard.
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Earlier, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels mentioned they had reduce the road which connects Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad and had captured 18 villages due to the fact the operation started.
The Turkish defence ministry tweeted: “Ras al Ain’s residential centre has been taken below handle by way of the prosperous operations in the east of the Euphrates (river).”
But the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied this and mentioned when Turkish-backed forces had entered a single neighbourhood, a counter-attack was below way.
Sky News foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes, who is in Ceylanpinar, mentioned Ras al Ain had been “a signficant concentrate of Turkish firepower”.
“In the previous hour we’ve heard Turkish jets overhead. They are higher up above us – we cannot see them, just hear them,” she added.
Turkey says it aims to push back Syrian Kurdish forces, which it considers terrorists its hyperlinks to a decades-lengthy Kurdish insurgency inside its personal borders.
But the military action has raised issues about the threat of a an IS resurgence.
The SDF was the principal US ally in the fight against IS, losing 11,000 fighters in the practically 5-year battle against the extremists.