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Turkey-backed fighters began entering Christian villages

A war monitor group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also reported that Syrian troops pulled out from the Tal Tamr area on Wednesday, amid a Turkish-backed advance with air cover.

The area is home to Syria’s dwindling Christian Assyrian community. The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, warned that Turkey-backed fighters began entering Christian villages and are attempting to break into the main town.

The Syrian withdrawal left empty the border post in Darbasiyeh, west of Ras Al-Ayn, which Kurdish forces had handed over just days before, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist group. Later on Thursday, the Observatory said government and Kurdish forces were deploying into the town of Tal Tamr.

On October 31, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) returned to its newly-established positions around the town of Tal Tamr in northern al-Hasakah, according to the North Press Agency (NPA).

The agency released a video showing dozens of Syrian troops heading towards the vicinity of the key town. A rocket launcher and several artillery pieces can be seen in the video.

A day earlier, the SAA withdrew from several positions in northern al-Hasakah following a surprise attack by militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA). Despite the army withdrawal, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to repel the attack and recapture many positions.

Pro-government activists claimed that the SAA opted to withdraw its troops because they were poorly equipped and lacked a proper supply line.

By redeploying troops and heavy weapons in northern al-Hasakah, the SAA shows its determination to fulfil the recent agreement with the SDF. The agreement, that was reached earlier this month, is aimed at confronting the Turkish-led attack on the country’s northeast region.