The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) command in the border town of Ras al-Ayn warned on October 18 that it will use the right of self-defense if Turkish forces continue to violate the 120-hour long ceasefire.
Sources in Ras al-Ayn command told the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) that the Turkish military is still shelling the town.
“If attacks continue, they will use their right to legitimate defense and response aggressively to the occupation’s attacks,” ANHA’s report reads.
The ceasefire in northeast Syria, which was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a day earlier, is supposed to last for 120 hours, allowing Kurdish fighters to withdraw from the designated 32 km deep “safe-zone” along the border with Turkey.
Despite the ceasefire, the Turkish-led attack on Ras al-Ayn is reportedly still ongoing. A few hours earlier, a total of 28 civilians were killed or injured in a series of Turkish airstrikes that targeted the town’s outskirt.
With Turkey developing its attack on Ras al-Ayn and Kurdish forces stalling the withdrawal process from the “safe-zone,” the U.S-sponsored ceasefire appears to be collapsing.