Displaced Syrians in the town of Tal Tamr in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern Hassakeh province [Delil Souleiman/AFP]

Akcakale, Turkey-Syria border – As fighting raged in Ras al-Ain on Saturday, with Turkey‘s military claiming to be in control of the key Syrian border town, civilians continued to flee the violence.

Ahmed Naso, who fled his home in Ras al-Ain when Turkey launched its offensive on Wednesday, said airstrikes that day “came out of nowhere” and that people “immediately began evacuating from nearby towns and villages.

“We don’t want war, we just want to live in peace,” he told Al Jazeera. “We’ve seen war before and we were forced to flee bombardment before.”

Along with his wife and three children, the 56-year-old said he is staying

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