The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies have violated the ceasefire in northeast Syria, which was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a day earlier.
A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that Turkish forces attacked the Kurdish group’s positions in the border town of Ras al-Ayn early on October 18.
“Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital in Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn. Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night,” Mustafa Bali wrote on Twitter.
According to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), the Turkish-led attack targeted the village of Umm al-Khair in the vicinity of Ras al-Ayn. A fighter of the SDF was killed and at least two others were injured.
The ceasefire announced by Pence late on October 17 is supposed to last 120 hours, allowing Kurdish forces to withdraw from the designated 32 km deep “safe-zone” along the border with Turkey.
The Turkish violation of the ceasefire reflects it fragile nature. In the last two years, Ankara and Washington reached several similar agreements on SDF-held areas, all of which failed within a few months.