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Turkey will fire on any Kurdish militants in safe zone after end of ceasefire: report

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As a five-day ceasefire in Ankara’s Syria military operation expires tomorrow at 10 p.m. local time, Turkish security sources told the Hürriyet Daily News that if any militants from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) remain in the designated area after that time, Turkish troops will open fire.

A total of 125 trucks belonging to the YPG had left the planned safe zone as of Monday heading in the direction of al-Hasakah, according to the sources.

“We are working closely with the US on the issue of collecting weapons delivered to the YPG,” said the sources.

Turkey and the US came to an agreement on Oct. 17 to pause Ankara’s Operation Peace Spring for 120 hours to allow the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the planned safe zone.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under the ceasefire deal, Gazete Duvar English service reported.

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