More than 30 hours after the announcement of a provisional ceasefire in northern Syria, Turkey and Kurdish fighters (SDF) have accused each other of breaching the agreement. The Turkish Ministry of Defense accused the Kurdish militias on Saturday of being responsible for 14 heavy weapon attacks in the border towns of Tal Abiad and Ras al-Ain. Ankara adheres to the deal with the United States, the ministry said.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by Kurdish militias, accused Turkish side for not allowing to open the embattled border town of Ras al-Ain for humanitarian corridor. The Kurdish self-proclaimed government had demanded the passage to bring civilians and injured people to safety.
Turkey and Kurdish fighters have accused each other of breaching the ceasefire agreement
SDF further said that the United States Vice President Mike Pence and Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo should persuade Turkey to respect the ceasefire. “Despite continued contact with the American side and their promise to solve this problem, there has been no progress”, the SDF said. The agreement followed Pence’s meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday. Pompeo was part of the high-leveled American delegation.
The ceasefire is intended to give the Kurdish militia the opportunity to withdraw from a security zone that Turkey wants to establish on the Syrian border. According to activists, few hours after the announcement of the truce surrounding Ras al-Ain, the Turkish forces continued to be shelling and machine-gun fire. At least 14 civilians and eight Syrian fighters were killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
14 civilians and eight Syrian fighters were killed after breach- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Turkey launched an offensive against the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria on 9 October, which it regards as a terrorist organization. Ankara justified the operation with the right to self-defense.
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