Violent clashes in northern Syria

Violent clashes have been reported between the Turkey- backed Syrian fighters and Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the city of Ain Issa in northern Syria.

Syrian fighters are trying to take control of the region, Hawar News reported on Friday.

During the bombardment to Seyda, Mişêrf and Muelek villages, a child have been killed and four civilians have been injured, it said.

Ain Issa, located on the strategic M4 highway that connects northeast Syria, is held by the SDF, a Kurdish-led alliance of militias which handed the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group a territorial defeat with U.S. military support.

According to local sources, in response to the bombardments, SDF attacked the biggest Turkish military base in Ain Issa.

The town has been bombarded by Turkey-backed fighters since early December.

The attacks have led to an agreement between the SDF and Russia for Russian and pro-Syrian government forces to establish military positions in the area to deter further violence.

Turkey has carried out three major military operations into north eastern Syria within the last five years to clear the border area from Kurdish fighters, while the predominantly Kurdish Syrian SDF says that Turkish attacks would undermine their anti-ISIS efforts and pave the way for the group’s resurgence across the region.

The United States cooperates with the SDF in the region which is backboned with the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia, a Kurdish force Turkey views as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

PKK has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984 and is recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.