SDF accuses Turkey of violating ceasefire, urges US intervention: report

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attend the funeral of one of their commanders, killed a day earlier in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State (IS) group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on October 29, 2018. - The Islamic State group ousted a US-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces from its holdout in eastern Syria on October 28, killing dozens of fighters, a monitoring group said. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have said Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched a large land offensive targeting three villages on Thursday despite a truce and urged the United States to intervene immediately to stop the attack, Reuters reported.

In a statement the SDF said the attack by Turkish forces on the villages “outside the area of the ceasefire” had forced thousands of civilians to flee. “Our forces are still clashing,” it said.

The SDF held Turkey responsible for the “deterioration of the ceasefire process,” it added.

“Despite our forces’ commitment to the ceasefire decision and the withdrawal of our forces from the entire ceasefire area, the Turkish state and the terrorist factions allied to it are still violating the ceasefire process,” it said.

Separately, SDF official Mustafa Bali said in a tweet that the SDF would exercise its legitimate right to self-defense.

Meanwhile, 5 Turkish military personnel were wounded around the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain in an attack carried out by the Kurdish YPG militia, the Turkish defense ministry said on Thursday, after the militia accused Ankara of attacking the area.

According to Russian RIA news agency, SDF have withdrawn to 32 km (20 miles) away from the border with Turkey on Thursday.

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