Syria Kurds accuse Turkey of violating cease-fire

Syria Kurds accuse Turkey of violating cease-fire
Syria Kurds accuse Turkey of violating cease-fire

The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria accused Turkey on Friday of violating a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight, as fighters from both sides clashed in and around a border town that has been one of the fiercest fronts in the Turkish invasion.

The town of Ras al-Ayn was emerging as animmediate test for the five-day cease-fire agreed on by Washington and Ankara.Before the deal's announcement, Turkish-backed forces had encircled the townand were battling fierce resistance from Kurdish fighters inside.

The Syrian Kurds raised further uncertainty over a cease-fire deal that already was vague on key points and left significant questions unanswered.

The self-rule administration said someprovisions of the cease-fire deal "need further discussion with the UnitedStates."

It did not specify which provisions, butthe Kurds have not publicly committed to a central term of the deal — a pulloutof their fighters from the border region. A spokesman for the Kurdish-ledfighters said Friday they were not withdrawing from Ras al-Ayn because Turkishforces are still besieging and shelling it.

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