Turkish army forces have invaded two Kurdish villages in northeastern part of Aleppo province, Kurdish media reported.

According to the Kurdish-language Hawar news agency, the Turkish soldiers entered the villages of Bobene and Sifteke in the town of Kobani (Ein al-Arab) at around 18:30 GMT on Sunday.

Local residents said the Turkish servicemen were mining the area.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) threatened that it would respond accordingly if the Turkish forces refused to leave Kobane.

The Turkish army entered northern Syria in August 2016, starting the operation Euphrates Shield against ISIS.

Syria has been suffering from a foreign-backed militancy since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. The conflict has so for claimed the lives of more than 400,000 civilians and displaced many more.

According to the latest reports, the Syrian army has advanced in south of Raqqa towards the ISIS stronghold of Deir ez-Zur, gaining significant ground in recent days.

“The Syrian army and allied militias took control from ISIS of the town of Ghanim al-Ali, located on the eastern edge of Raqqa province,” the conflict monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday.

The group also said that the Syrian forces crossed the provincial border into Deir ez-Zur on Thursday.