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    Kurdish Militia Accuses Turkey of 'Systematically' Violating Truce in Syria

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    The representative of the command of the Kurdish self-defense units in the Canton of Afrin YPG, Firat Xelil, in an interview with Sputnik said that Turkey continuously violates the ceasefire in Syria and has continued attacks on the positions of the Kurdish forces in Afrin and Azaz.

    “Every day Turkey carries out shellings on our positions using heavy weapons. Turkey does not comply with the ceasefire. Even on the night when the truce was declared, Turkey bombed the city of Şereva and other settlements. As a result of these attacks 5 residents in Başermi village were injured. Turkey prevented the establishment of peace in Syria by supporting terrorist groups,” Xelil said.

    Xelil further said that the world community should not remain indifferent to these violations. “We intend to appeal to the UN and other official bodies to protest against the aggressive actions of Turkey.”

    “The groups such as al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and Sultan Murat conducted constant attacks against us, using heavy weapons. Turkey sends these groups arms and ammunition. There are pictures which show the delivery of weapons in Azaz across the Turkish border. The nations that are following the ceasefire regime in Syria should call Turkey into account,” Xelil said.

    Kurdish YPG self-defense forces are in favor of a cessation of hostilities and the establishment of peace in Syria.

    “We wish that Syrian people regain stability in their territory but Turkey’s actions create obstacles for peace in Syria; it tends to negate the achievements of the Syrian Kurds. By its support for jihadist by supplying weapons and ammunition, it tends to weaken the Syrian Kurds,” Xelil said.

    Meanwhile, human rights organization Amnesty International reported that refugees from Syria attempting to cross the border are being attacked by the Turkish soldiers on daily basis.

    The continuous attacks are systematically undermining Syrian ceasefire and jeopardizing the peace process.

    RT channel spoke with Amnesty International's researcher on Turkey, Andrew Gardner. He said, “We've seen desperate people who tried to cross the border illegally, because it was closed to almost everyone. Unfortunately, they are increasingly becoming a target for the Turkish border guards. According to Syrian doctors 2-3 people are hurt every day while trying to illegally enter into the Turkish territory,” he said.

    “Ankara said that the borders are open but the employees of Amnesty International have documented that in fact the Turkish border is closed with just a few open border crossings where in most cases it only allows Syrian refugees with passports to cross, but the number of that is extremely small,” the representative said.

    Amnesty International also reported that the Turkish security forces fired on refugees, among whom were children. It said that Ankara has refused entry to injured civilians from Syria.

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