An ancient lake-side fortress once used by ISIL to launch attacks is slowly regaining its status as a key cultural destination, attracting visitors from across war-torn Syria.
Families posed for pictures under the hot June sun, some perched on an ancient brick wall overlooking the banks of Lake Assad, a man-made reservoir in northern Syria's Raqa province.
No one should try to prevent Turkey from conducting a military operation in Syria's north to secure its borders, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said.
"We act as principled, open, transparent and in compliance with international law as much as possible in all our activities," Akar told a group of journalists following a cabinet meeting late on June 6.
Turkish Intelligence Organization (MİT) has neutralized a PKK ringleader, Iranian citizen Rahime Xezali, in Syria in a third surgical strike against PKK local leaders in a month, local media has reported.
According to press reports published on June 5, Xezali was killed with two other terrorists in northern Syria's Qamishli province on May 31.
Mohammad Bagher Moradi, an Iranian dissident journalist who took refuge in Turkey nine years ago while he was on trial in Tehran for covering news against the regime, has been abducted by Iranian intelligence in the capital Ankara, his family has alleged.
"My son was a dissident journalist. Iranian intelligence was after him. He was kidnapped by them," Mohsen Moradi said.