Kurds 'break Syrian ceasefire'

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Kurdish forces in Syria have carried out 14 'provocative attacks' in the past 36 hours despite a ceasefire agreed on Thursday, the Turkish defence ministry has claimed.

President Tayyip Erdogan agreed a five-day truce in his military offensive in talks with US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

Turkey - Defence - Ministry - Saturday - Attacks

Turkey's defence ministry said on Saturday there had been 14 'provocative attacks' from Syria in the past 36 hours but said it was continuing to coordinate closely with the United States to allow the agreement to be implemented.

'The Turkish armed forces fully abides by the agreement' reached with the United States, the defence ministry said in a statement. 'Despite this, terrorists carried out a total of 14 attacks in the last 36 hours.'

Ministry - Attacks - Ras - Al-Ain - Syria

The ministry said 12 of the attacks came from Ras al-Ain in northeastern Syria, one from Tal Abyad and another from Tal Tamr region, adding that various light and heavy weaponry including rockets were used.

Turkey had agreed to suspend its Syria offensive on Thursday but Erdogan has warned he would resume a full-scale operation against Kurdish forces if they do not withdraw from a border 'safe zone.'

Truce - Pause - Kurdish-led - Syrian - Democratic

The truce sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces militia pull out of a 'safe zone' Turkey has vowed to create in territory extending more than 20 miles deep into Syria.

'If the promises are kept until Tuesday evening, the safe zone issue will be resolved. If it fails, the operation... will start the minute 120 hours are over,' Erdogan said.

Agreement - Issues

He added that the agreement was holding and there had been no issues so far.

On Saturday, calm appeared to be prevailing in Ras al-Ain with no signs of fighting, reports on the Turkish side of the border claimed.

Observatory - Human - Rights - Fighters

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