Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

Shelling and gunfire resounded around the northeast Syrian town of Ras al Ain on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for 5 days to let Kurdish forces withdraw.

Machine-gun hearth and shelling may very well be heard from the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar throughout the border from the town, and smoke rose from one a part of the Syrian town.

The truce was introduced some 13 hours earlier by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey agreed to the five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to seize.

The deal was praised by U.S. President Donald Trump, who stated it might save “millions of lives,” whereas Turkey forged it as an entire victory.

If applied, the deal would obtain all the primary targets Turkey introduced when it launched its assault on Oct. 9: management of a strip of Syria greater than 30 kilometres deep, with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — as soon as U.S. allies within the years lengthy battle towards Islamic State — obliged to tug out.

Republican and Democratic senators accused Trump of getting betrayed the Kurdish allies who have been important in combating Islamic State militants, of brushing apart the humanitarian prices of Turkey’s invasion and of being outwitted by Ankara.

It was unclear what if any harm got here from the shelling heard on Friday.

It was additionally unclear whether or not the SDF would absolutely adjust to the settlement, which would depart Turkish forces answerable for a swath of territory that the Kurds as soon as held with U.S. navy help.

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