Tell Abyad (Arabic: تل أبيض, lit. ‘White Hill’, Kurdish: Girê Spî, Turkish: Tellebyad, Armenian: Թել Աբյադ, Classical Syriac: ܬܠ ܐܒܝܕ) is a town in the Tel Abyad Canton of the Euphrates Region of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.
The town was divided when the borders were drawn along the borders of Syria and Turkey. Its northern part is currently Akçakale, a city which lies within Turkey’s borders.
The town was liberated by the Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) on 16 June, 2015.
On the morning of 9 October 2019, Turkish state military forces began to bombard cities of Rojava – and also began incursions across the border, particularly in the region around Girê Spî and Serê Kaniyê, which are now under full occupation by Turkish forces.
Turkey has faced accusations of ethnic cleansing and war crimes, including the use of banned chemical weapons. On top of this, and emboldened by it, ISIS regaining strength in the region and sleeper cell attacks have increased by 48% since the start of the invasion.
The Turkish military and their allied Jihadist militias are attacking civilians, as well as military positions, with aerial bombardment and tanks on the ground; destroying hospitals, houses, electricity and water supplies. The illegal invasion has so far killed over 300 civilians, and around 300,000 people have been displaced.