On 10 October 2019, Turkish military forces continued operation "Peace Spring" in areas of northeastern Syria along the Syrian-Turkish border. Reports indicate that the Turkish military has been primarily targeting Kurdish forces in the northern cities of Ras al-Ayn -- located in the al-Hasakah governorate -- and Tal Abyad -- located in the Raqqa governorate -- and that the second day of airstrikes has resulted in further civilian casualties. An exact casualty count is currently unavailable, however, as military activities are ongoing. As a result of the military operation and associated periodic airstrikes, the Turkish government announced on the previous day that the country would be closing its airspace along the Turkish-Syrian border indefinitely.
On October 9 -- the first day of the operation -- Turkish forces struck at least 181 targets in northeastern Syria. The Turkish military launched air and artillery strikes on several border towns, including Tal Abyad and Kobani; the first day of strikes killed at least 10 people and injured dozens more, including civilians. Turkish forces also launched a raid on the city of Ras al-Ayn and captured the villages of Tabatin and Mesrefe. Unconfirmed reports also indicate that Turkish airstrikes may have struck the al-Chirkin prison -- which currently holds a number of Islamic State (IS) prisoners -- in northeastern Syria. Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced that the military had seized “designated targets” in northeastern Syria, although officials did not specify what those designated targets were.
Meanwhile, reports from officials with the heretofore U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- which the Turkish government accuses of being affiliated with the Kurdish militant Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) -- indicate that the fighting has displaced approximately 60,000 civilians. Several foreign governments have released statements condemning the Turkish operation, including France, Germany, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon.