Kurdish-led SDF accuses Turkey of violating truce with attacks on Ras al-Ain
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accused on Friday Turkish forces of violating the ceasefire in northeastern Syria by targeting civilian and military areas in the town of Ras al-Ain.
Turkish air strikes on Ras al-Ain continued on Friday, reported war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “Five civilians were killed in Turkish air strikes on the village of Bab al-Kheir, east of Ras al-Ain,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the organization's head.
The ceasefire is only hours-old and was agreed to by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after US Vice President Mike Pence visited Ankara.
“Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital” in the battleground border town of Ras al-Ain, Mustefa Bali said.
The SDF announced it was “ready to abide by the ceasefire,” covering the area from Ras al-Ain to Tal Abyad, SDF chief Mazlum Abdi told a Kurdish TV station on Friday.
Asked about the fighting in the region despite the pause agreement, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Fox News in an interview that the US delegation was “successful in a ceasefire, but that takes time,” adding that she would not discuss operations on the ground.