Fierce clashes raged on Friday in the majority Kurdish northern Syrian city of Ras al-Ain on the Turkish border, a day after a sniper killed a French journalist in embattled Aleppo.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed Yves Debay’s death on Friday, after Aleppo-based activists accused regime troops of the shooting, and distributed photographs of his body and press card.
The fighting in Ras al-Ain came six months after troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad withdrew from majority Kurdish areas, leaving residents to fend for themselves.
Jihadists have since staged several assaults on the strategic city, and most of its residents have fled.
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