Two killed by Turkish forces in Kobani during protest - witness, Observatory

Two people were killed near Syria’s mainly Kurdish town of Kobani on Tuesday when Turkish forces opened fire at protesters, a witness and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

Another seven people were injured, according to reports.

The incident took place when Turkish forces conducting a joint patrol in northern Syria under a Russian-Turkish deal fired live rounds at protesters near the town located along the Turkey-Syria border, a witness said.

The Turkish defence ministry has not responded to the report.

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels launched a cross-border offensive into northeast Syria on Oct. 9 targeting the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in the region, seizing control of 120 km (75 miles) of land along the Syrian border. Ankara views the YPG as terrorists linked to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.

Turkey and Russia, in a deal made on Oct. 22, agreed to hold joint patrols and push Kurdish forces at least 30 km (19 miles) south of the frontier.

Syrian Kurdish residents have protested during the patrols against the deal under which Turkish troops are entering the border region. 

Local have been throwing rocks Turkish patrol cars, according to Turkish sources in the region.