UPDATE WITH MORE REMARKS
By Dilara Hamit, Mohamad Misto and Adham Kako
ANKARA/TEL ABYAD (AA) – Turkey's Defense Ministry on Saturday said that Ras al-Ayn neighborhood located east of Euphrates in Syria was taken under control in the scope of Operation Peace Spring.
"As part of the successful operations being conducted in the framework of Operation Peace Spring, the town of Ras al-Ayn, located east of the Euphrates, has been brought under control," the ministry announced on Twitter.
Many Arabs, forcibly recruited by YPG/PKK terror organization, are fleeing due to the ongoing successful Operation Peace Spring that leads to loss of control of the YPG/PKK in the region.
The terror group had long been putting pressure in the region and frightening Arab tribes. Most of the tribes could not resist the group’s insistence and also the U.S. provided financial and logistics support to the tribes working with YPG/PKK, young Arabs told Anadolu Agency.
"Hundreds of our friends left their places in the rural areas of Ayn Al-Arab and Manbij. They escaped and went in hiding […] Even more must have left. The PKK is trying to stop these escapes by closing the roads,” they added.
Arabs cleared their Al Zeydiyye village — located on the strategic M4 road from Manbij to Qamishli — of YPG/PKK terrorists following clashes and hung Syrian National Army flag at the village.
Turkey on Oct. 9, Wednesday, launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara wants to clear northern Syria east of the Euphrates River of the terrorist PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD/YPG.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The PYD/YPG is its Syrian offshoot.