Ceasefire on edge as Turkish, Kurdish fighters clash in Syria

epa07930238 A handout photo made available by Turkish Defense Ministry Press Office shows Turkish soldiers in border town of Tal Abyad in northern Syria, 18 October 2019. The USA and Turkey have reached a deal to suspend a Turkish military offensive in northern Syria for 120 hours, demanding Kurdish forces to withdraw from a designated 'safe zone' on the northern border. EPA-EFE/TURKISH DEFENCE MINISTRY HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Turkey’s Defence Ministry said it was “completely abiding” by a US-brokered ceasefire in northern Syria and accused Kurdish fighters of carrying out 14 “attacks” over the past 36 hours, mostly near the border town of Ras al-Ayn.

Kurdish fighters said Turkish-backed forces besieged the town and were preventing the Kurdish withdrawal and evacuation of wounded.

Syrian state media said Saturday that government forces have clashed with Turkey-backed forces in the region. Damascus deployed troops to northern Syria near Ras al-Ayn to aid Kurdish forces.

In a statement, Syrian forces accused Turkey of failing to abide by the ceasefire agreement and refusing to lift the siege of Ras al-Ayn.

Later Saturday, a medical convoy, which had been blocked since Thursday by Turkish-backed rebels, was allowed into Ras al-Ayn, activists said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said sporadic shelling continued to hit Ras al-Ayn on Saturday.

Via DW

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