An Associated Press photographer saw women, elderly people and children carrying their belongings across the border.
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Wednesday’s return came a day after Kurdish fighters took full control of Tal Abyad, dealing a major blow to the IS group’s ability to wage war in Syria by cutting off a vital supply line to its self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa.
The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled the fighting to Turkey over the past two weeks, according to the UN refugee agency.