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    Turkey 'Main Violator' of Ceasefire Regime in Syria's North

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    The Syrian ceasefire is generally holding, apart from Turkey violating it in the country’s north, a member of the Syrian opposition delegation formed after meetings in Moscow and Cairo told Sputnik on Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey has been shelling towns in northern Syria recently.

    "The most serious violation of ceasefire is in the north of Syria on the border with Turkey. This is a violation of the ceasefire regime by Turkey. The rest are separate cases. The overall situation is fine," Qadri Jamil, one of the leaders of the Syrian Popular Front for Change and Liberation, said.

    Ankara has claimed the Syrian Kurds have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is fighting for Kurdish independence from Turkey and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara.

    Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the ceasefire in Syria on February 22. The ceasefire took effect at midnight on Saturday Damascus time (22:00 GMT on Friday).

    The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2268 endorsing the Russia-US agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria on Friday, shortly before the ceasefire came into force. The cessation of hostilities does not apply to designated terrorist organizations operating in Syria, including Islamic State (IS) and the Nusra Front, a group affiliated with al-Qaeda.

    Turkish Presdient Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the ceasefire deal, arguing Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) should be excluded from the ceasefire process in the same way that the Islamic State is. Ankara considers the PYD and YPG to be terrorist organizations.

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