11 July 2020

Turkey denies reports of ongoing attacks

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More fighting was reported in Syria on Friday, even though it's been outlawed by a five-day cease-fire brokered by U.S. and Turkish officials. reports citing UPI that mortars, grenades and gunfire was reported in the border town of Ral al-Ain, where Turkish and Kurdish forces have clashed for more than a week.

Kurdish fighters have accused Turkey of violating the truce negotiated between Ankara leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday. The leaders agreed to cease hostilities for five days and re-evaluate the situation on its expiration.

"Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital Serekaniye/Ra al-Ayn," Syrian Defense Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali said.

Erdogan denied that Turkish troops have continued the offensive.

"I do not know where you get your information from," he said. "Conflict is out of the question."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there was a "cautious calm" after the cease-fire was announced Thursday, but it didn't last long.

2019.10.18 / 17:45
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