Tur­key-backed and Kur­dish-led forces clash in north­ern Syria

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BEIRUT — Turk­ish­backed Syr­ian op­po­si­tion forces clashed with Kur­dish-led forces on Wed­nes­day in north­ern Syria, where both are fight­ing the Is­lamic State group.

The press of­fice for the Kur­dish-held parts of Syria said eight civil­ians were killed in shelling by Turk­ish-backed forces in the coun­try­side be­tween Man­bij, a town con­trolled by Kur­dish-af­fil­i­ated forces, and the Is­lamic State-held town of al-Bab. The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­manRights said two civil­ians were killed in the clashes, which were still un­der­way.

The Tur­key- backed forces have con­verged on al-Bab in re­cent days. On Wed­nes­day, the Kur­dishaf­fil­i­ated forces en­tered the Is­lamic State-held town of Arima, near alBab. Tur­key has called on the Kurds to leave Man­bij and with­draw to the east.

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