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Hundreds of Syrians return to border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey after Kurds drive IS out

  • Syrians wait with their belongings to cross back to the border town of Tal Abyad in Syria from Turkey, at the border crossing in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Some hundreds of Syrians are returning to Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters evicted Islamic State group fighters from the area. The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled into Turkey from the fighting in the past two weeks, according to the UNHCR. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Syrians wait with their belongings to cross back to the border town of Tal Abyad in Syria from Turkey, at the border crossing in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Some hundreds of Syrians are returning to Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters evicted Islamic State group fighters from the area. The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled into Turkey from the fighting in the past two weeks, according to the UNHCR. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrians wheel their belongings to cross back to the border town of Tal Abyad in Syria from Turkey, at the border crossing in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Some hundreds of Syrians are returning to Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters evicted Islamic State group fighters from the area. The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled into Turkey from the fighting in the past two weeks, according to the UNHCR. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Syrians wheel their belongings to cross back to the border town of Tal Abyad in Syria from Turkey, at the border crossing in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Some hundreds of Syrians are returning to Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters evicted Islamic State group fighters from the area. The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled into Turkey from the fighting in the past two weeks, according to the UNHCR. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian uses a bicycle to wheel some of his belongings as he walks with others back to the border town of Tal Abyad in Syria from Turkey, at the border crossing in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  Some hundreds of Syrians are returning to Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters evicted Islamic State group fighters from the area. The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled into Turkey from the fighting in the past two weeks, according to the UNHCR.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    A Syrian uses a bicycle to wheel some of his belongings as he walks with others back to the border town of Tal Abyad in Syria from Turkey, at the border crossing in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Some hundreds of Syrians are returning to Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters evicted Islamic State group fighters from the area. The Kurdish advance caused the displacement of about 23,000 people who fled into Turkey from the fighting in the past two weeks, according to the UNHCR.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of Syrians have returned to the border town of Tal Abyad from Turkey a day after Kurdish fighters drove out Islamic State militants.

An Associated Press photographer saw women, elderly people and children carrying their belongings across the border.

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.