* Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces were said to have seized Ras al-Ain town
* The death toll rose to 74 Syrian Kurdish-led fighters and 30 civilians on Saturday
* Intense gunfire heard within Ras al-Ain as Turkey stepped up its bombardment
* Syrian Kurdish-led administration said 200,000 people have been displaced
Some 200,000 people have been displaced in a military assault in northern Syria as Turkish forces claimed on Saturday they have seized control of a key border town.
Turkey-backed Syrian troops were said to have taken over Ras al-Ain this morning as Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish militia in the region entered its fourth day.
‘The [Syrian rebel] national army took control of the town centre this morning. Inspections are being conducted in residential areas,’ a senior Turkish official said.
Kurdish authorities have, however, denied this is the case. ‘Ras al-Ain is still resisting and clashes are ongoing,’ the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said.
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