DAMASCUS, Oct 19 (NNN-SANA) – Five people were killed Friday, by Turkish airstrikes, in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah, despite a cease-fire agreement with Kurdish forces.
Some 20 other civilians were wounded in the airstrikes, that targeted the village of Um al-Kheir, on the outskirts of the city of Ras al-Ayn, in the countryside of Hasakah province, near Turkey.
The airstrikes came as a cease-fire agreement was announced by the U.S., when Vice President, Mike Pence said, Turkey has agreed to a cease-fire in Syria, under which the Kurdish forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) must dismantle their defensive fortifications and pull troops from the border area.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Turkey-backed rebels prevented humanitarian convoys from entering Ras al-Ayn city, which is besieged by the Turkey-backed rebels and forces.
The Britain-based watchdog group said, clashes were taking place on several fronts in Ras al-Ayn, in what appeared to be a fresh attempt by the Turkey-backed rebels, to storm the city, which led to the injury of 10 Kurdish fighters.
The general-command of the SDF said, it approves the cease-fire agreement that will see a halt of military operation across the Syrian-Turkish border.
It said, the cease-fire went into force at 22:00 p.m. local Syria time (1900 GMT).
The cease-fire agreement comes a week after Turkey launched a crushing offensive to eliminate the Kurdish forces from border areas with Turkey.– NNN-SANA