A separate part of the agreement, calling on combatants to allow “immediate” humanitarian access to besieged civilian towns and cities in Syria, was also delayed.
Determined to prevent the YPG from gaining a foothold on its border, Turkey has shelled its positions in response to what it says is fire coming across the border.
The YPG militia is moving ahead with its westward advance to link up with a Syrian Kurdish canton. Syria’s state news agency SANA and opposition activists said government forces have seized two more villages.
“What we want is to create a secure strip, including Azaz, ten kilometers deep inside Syria and this zone should be free from clashes”, Akdogan told Turkey’s AHaber TV, according to Reuters.
“That’s why there are chances for progress and there is a need for joint efforts to do everything so that they are implemented in practice”, the diplomat said stressing that Russian Federation “for its part is ready for such a work with all the partners”.
USA support for the Syrian Kurds, Turkey’s ambassador to Washington Serdar Kilic said in an interview, “is a big strategic mistake…it will be regretted, but it will be too late”. However, the official could not give any photographic evidence of the attacks, or say when and where they occurred.
“They were Russian aircraft that carried it out, these strikes”, Toner said. Hezbollah’s fighters are in Syria, supporting Assad’s forces. But a ground intervention risks conflict with Russian Federation, which backs the Kurds militarily, and would anger the US, which sees the group as a major ally in the fight against Islamic State.
Still, he stressed that the situation in northern Syria is “very complex, very volatile”. There were fresh reports Thursday of the Syrian government army continuing at least one offensive. The move would lead to SDF forces entering Marea without fighting in what would save the town from wide destruction by Russian warplanes.
Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.
At least 22 have been killed in airstrikes against two hospitals in Syria.
Doctors Without Borders said a hospital it funds in Maarat al-Numan, in Idlib province, was hit by four rockets in attacks that were minutes apart, killing seven people and leaving eight staff members missing and presumed dead.
The Syrian government has also continued using “barrel bombs”, he said.
Erdogan on Wednesday condemned the United States’ lack of support for Ankara’s proposed no-fly zone over Northern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has heavily criticized the role played by the American administration in the Syrian conflict, claiming that the USA must decide which side it is on – Turkey’s side or the side of the Kurdish rebel group YPG.
United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus yesterday to try to keep alive the proposal announced by world powers in Munich early Friday for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria within a week.