Monitor: Turkish tanks roll back into restive Syrian Kurdish city

Turkish tanks returned to a Kurdish city in Syria on Saturday, a day after local protesters forced them to retreat, a monitoring group reported.

The tanks and military vehicles pushed for several metres into Kobane near the Turkish border, where two civilians, including a child, were killed and dozens injured on Friday when Turkish forces shot at protesters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Residents in the city have staged protests since August 27 against Turkey’s construction of a cement separation wall at the border with Kobane, the monitor and Kurdish officials said.

Saturday’s incursion has reportedly prompted a new protest from locals.

The Turkish troops and Kobane’s people are now a short distance apart amid new fears of violence against the protesters, said the Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria.

There was no immediate official comment in Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Thursday that his country would not tolerate what he called "terror organizations" on the border to Syria.

Last week, Turkey launched its first ground offensive in northern Syria.

Ankara said its operations there are aimed at both the Islamic State extremist group and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which it regards as the Syrian branch of Kurdish rebels operating on its soil.

Kobane was the site of the first significant victory over Islamic State when Kurdish forces, backed by US-led air power, recaptured the city from the radical group in January 2015.

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Casualties reported in Turkish shooting at Syrian Kurd protesters

A Kurdish child was killed and dozens of people were injured on Friday when Turkish troops fired at Kurdish protesters in the Syrian city of Kobane near the border with Turkey, a monitoring group and Kurdish officials said.

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