One protester, identified only as a Syrian man, was killed when a Turkish military vehicle ran him over as it drove through an angry crowd protesting the patrol, Kurdish forces and a Syria war monitoring group said, according to the Associated Press. The demonstrations prompted Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters, the Associated Press reported.
Russia conducted its first patrol in the area earlier this month, a week after a deal was struck between Russia and Turkey that moved Syrian government forces into border regions held by Kurdish groups.
Ankara launched an offensive against the U.S.-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after an abrupt decision by President Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria last month, leaving the former U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State in a state of disarray.
Ankara, which views the SDF as the Syrian arm of the outlawed PKK, sought to drive Kurdish forces away from the Turkish border, and struck a deal with Moscow to push Kurdish forces at least 20 miles from its southern border.