Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday that Turkey would resume its military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria on Tuesday if it does not withdraw from a “safe area”, while Kurds accuse Erdogan of violating the ceasefire after bombing the positions of fighters and civilian gatherings.
Erdogan told reporters at a press conference in Istanbul: “If the promises are fulfilled until Tuesday evening, the problem of the safe area will be resolved.
Erdogan said he had informed US President Donald Trump in a telephone conversation about the operation on October 6. He added: “What will be done when the time is right,” commenting on a letter from Trump, telling Erdogan not to be “foolish” and “rigid.”
Meanwhile, the SDF accused Turkey of bombing civilian areas in violation of a five-day ceasefire in northeastern Syria.
SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Friday that despite an agreement to stop the fighting, Turkish air strikes and artillery continued to target rebel positions and civilian gatherings.
Bali added that Turkish forces bombed the town of Ras al-Ain. Cross-border shelling was heard Friday morning, despite a ceasefire agreed between Ankara and Washington.
The meeting came a day after a US delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence and Pompeo reached an agreement with Turkey to stop its week-long offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.