Turkey breaches ceasefire, attacks Syria's Ain Issa - report

Turkey and allied Syrian rebels have violated a Russia-brokered ceasefire in northern Syria by attacking northeast of the town of Ain Issa that lies outside of a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border, Iraqi Kurdish news network Rudaw reported.

The attack in Ain Issa, which is some 10 kilometres outside of the safe zone, reportedly killed four people and wounded 22, Rudaw said, citing the international aid organisation Free Burma Rangers.

"These events raise doubts about the capability of Russia to enforce the cease-fire deal brokered by themselves and furthermore raises questions regarding their role as a guarantor for the possibility of reaching a political solution for Syria," the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday, according to Rudaw.

Turkey began a military incursion into northeast Syria on Oct. 9, targeting the SDF and its main fighting force, the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara sees as a national security threat due to their links to outlawed groups that have waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy.

The operation came to a halt later in October after Ankara reached an agreement with the United States followed by Russia for the removal of the SDF and the YPG from a 30 km deep strip of land in northern Syria.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/24112019