VIDEO: Watch Moment Turkish Army Tanks Pass Border Enter Syria’s Soil

Sat Sep 3, 2016 20:41:53

Turkish tanks on Saturday crossed into Syria to the west of a frontier town seized from the Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL / IS) terrorist group last week.

The move marks a "new phase" of operation "Euphrates Shield", aimed at sealing off the last stretch of border controlled by ISIS group fighters.

The private Dogan news agency reported at least 20 tanks and five armored personnel carriers crossed at the Turkish border town of Elbeyli, across from the Syrian town of al-Rai.

The new incursion is unfolding about 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of Jarablus, where Turkish forces first crossed into Syria ten days ago.

The tanks entered from the Turkish border village of Elbeyli and linked up with Turkish-backed Syrian rebels at al-Rai, who are participating in the operation.

Three rockets fired from ISIS-held territory in Syria meanwhile struck the Turkish border town of Kilis, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Elbeyli, according to the Turkish governor's office, which said one person was lightly wounded.

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