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Kurds hurl rocks at Russian-Turkish Syria patrol

Kurdish protesters hurled rocks Friday at Turkish military vehicles in northeastern Syria during a patrol in which one civilian died when he was run over by a personnel carrier. A small group of people pelted the convoy with rocks and shoes as it drove by near the town of Maabda, close to the Turkish border, AFP correspondents reported. A young man was run over by one of the large armoured vehicles and rushed to hospital in the town of Derik. He died there of internal bleeding, the monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Kurdish villagers have given a similarly tough reception to joint Russian-Turkish patrols in other locations. Turkish forces and their proxies -- former Syrian rebels hired as a ground force by Ankara -- launched a deadly offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria on October 9. The push was aimed at seizing a roughly 30-kilometre (20-mile) deep strip of land along the 440-kilometre border between the two countries. Turkey s defence ministry said ...

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