October 18, 2019 / 10:34 AM / a month ago

Kurdish-led SDF says Turkish forces shelling civilian areas in ceasefire violation

BEIRUT, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The Kurdish-led SDF militia on Friday accused Turkey of shelling civilian areas in violating a five-day pause to an offensive in northeast Syria.

“Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, (Turkish) air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters (and) civilian settlements,” militia spokesman Mustafa Bali said.

He said Turkish forces had shelled the town of Ras al Ain.

Shelling could be heard at the countries’ border on Friday morning despite the ceasefire, agreed between Turkey and the United States.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; editing by John Stonestreet

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