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Turkey and Kurdish forces accuse each other of breaking ceasefire

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Addis Ababa, October 19, 2019 (FBC) – Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces are both accusing each other of violating a temporary ceasefire agreement in northern Syria.

The US announced on Thursday it had brokered a five-day pause in fighting to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw.

Despite the ceasefire, some sporadic violence has continued – particularly around the border town of Ras-al-Ain.

Turkey’s defence ministry accused Kurdish forces of carrying out 14 “provocative” attacks in the last 36 hours, mostly in the town, but insisted Turkish forces were fully abiding by the agreement.

However, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have accused Turkey of violating the ceasefire.

They also accuse Turkish troops of failing to create a safe corridor for the evacuation of civilians and wounded people from the besieged town.

On Saturday the SDF urged US Vice-President Mike Pence, who helped broker the ceasefire, to pressure Turkey to allow the passage of civilians.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) allege that deliveries of humanitarian aid have also been prevented from entering Ras-al-Ain.

Source: BBC