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Syrian protester run over and killed by patrolling Turkish military vehicle

A Syrian protester has been killed after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle during a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria, Kurdish forces and a war monitoring group have said.

The man was among a group of residents who had chased and pelted the convoy with shoes and stones, prompting Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters.

Ten people were hospitalised, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist operated group in Kurdish-held areas.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said the man was run over in the village of Sarmasakh near the border by a Turkish vehicle which was conducting a joint patrol with the Russians – the third under a cease-fire deal brokered by Moscow that forced Kurdish fighters to withdraw from areas bordering Turkey.

It came after the all-women’s ‘safe space’ village of Jinwar was evacuated as President Erdogan’s troops advanced.

A Syrian protester has been killed after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle (pictured) during a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria , Kurdish forces and a war monitoring group have said

The man was among a group of residents who had chased and pelted a convoy (pictured, Turkish army vehicles on patrol in Alakamis, southern Turkey, today) with shoes and stones, prompting Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters

The man was among a group of residents who had chased and pelted a convoy (pictured, Turkish army vehicles on patrol in Alakamis, southern Turkey, today) with shoes and stones, prompting Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters

Ten people were hospitalised, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist operated group in Kurdish-held areas. Pictured: The outskirts of the village of Alakamis, in Idil province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish army vehicles return to Turkey from Syria after conducting a joint patrol with Russian forces today

Ten people were hospitalised, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist operated group in Kurdish-held areas. Pictured: The outskirts of the village of Alakamis, in Idil province, southeastern Turkey, Turkish army vehicles return to Turkey from Syria after conducting a joint patrol with Russian forces today

The patrols are aimed at allowing Turkey to ensure that the Syrian Kurdish fighters, formerly allied with the US, have evacuated the border zone after the US began pulling its troops out of northeastern Syria.

The agreement with Russia – and a separate one with the US – halted the Turkish invasion of Syria last month that targeted groups it considers a security threat for their links to a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

Videos circulating online Friday showed a group of men running after the Turkish-Russian vehicles as they drove, throwing stones at it.

Videos circulating online Friday showed a group of men running after the Turkish-Russian vehicles as they drove, throwing stones at it (pictured)

Videos circulating online Friday showed a group of men running after the Turkish-Russian vehicles as they drove, throwing stones at it (pictured)

A man is seen trying to mount one of the vehicles and then the men can be heard shouting, apparently after the man is run over.

Other videos from the area showed men, women and children pelting armoured vehicles as they drove near a cemetery before speeding away.

There was no immediate comment from the Russian or Turkish military about the incident.

Videos circulating online Friday showed a group of men running after the Turkish-Russian vehicles (pictured, a patrol in Alakamis today) as they drove, throwing stones at it

Videos circulating online Friday showed a group of men running after the Turkish-Russian vehicles (pictured, a patrol in Alakamis today) as they drove, throwing stones at it

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said the troops were patrolling a region between Qamishli and Derik, east of the Euphrates River.

It said the patrols were being supported by drones, but provided no further details.

Four Turkish armoured personnel carriers cross into Syria to join the Russian forces, according to reports.

Mutafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that Turkish troops fired tear gas on protesters in Derik, injuring ten people.

The town is controlled by SDF and American forces, but the Turkish troops were passing through on the patrol.

Meanwhile, the village of Jinwar, meaning ‘women’s land’, which houses many whose husbands died fighting ISIS, was reportedly evacuated on Monday as Turkish forces loomed.

Its population had swelled from about 16 women and 32 children in May, to around double.

The village of Jinwar (pictured), meaning 'women's land', which houses many whose husbands died fighting ISIS, was reportedly evacuated on Monday as Turkish forces loomed

The village of Jinwar (pictured), meaning ‘women’s land’, which houses many whose husbands died fighting ISIS, was reportedly evacuated on Monday as Turkish forces loomed

A foreign woman who volunteered in Jinwar told Kurdistan24: ‘It was a very hard moment and made us all very sad angry.

‘Jinwar is part of the achievement of women in this region and part of the women’s revolution that has been realised by so many women here in the last years.’

She added they had taken refuge in other villages but planned to return to Jinwar ‘as soon as possible’.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained earlier this week Syrian Kurdish fighters were still present in areas along the border, despite the separate agreements with Russia and the US.

Erdogan also claimed Turkish troops were being attacked by some Syrian Kurdish fighters from areas they had retreated to, adding that Turkey would not ‘remain a spectator’ to these assaults.

The UN said on Friday that 92 civilians have died so far as a result of Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured today) complained earlier this week that Syrian Kurdish fighters were still present in areas along the border, despite the separate agreements with Russia and the US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured today) complained earlier this week that Syrian Kurdish fighters were still present in areas along the border, despite the separate agreements with Russia and the US

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN human rights office, said the death toll was based on ‘verified incidents’ that included to November 5.

Also in northern Syria, the Observatory and the Thiqa news agency, an activist collective, said on Friday a suicide attacker detonated a truck outside a police station in the northern town of Rai that is controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters.

The Observatory said the blast killed three people, while Thiqa reported two civilian deaths.

Bombings in areas held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria are not uncommon.

Last week, 13 people were killed in a blast in the town of Tal Abyad, which Turkish troops and opposition fighters they back captured last month.

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