Military action, including airstrikes conducted by Syria, Russia and the US-led coalition will continue against Daesh, al-Nusra Front, as well as other UN-designated terrorist groups.
“This ceasefire is actually for Syria, for the sides that are within its borders. If threats arise against our national security from any of the sides, this ceasefire will not place its obligations on us. In such a case Turkey will ask no one permission and will do what needs to be done. Because from that moment the issue leaves the boundaries of the Syrian problem and becomes an issue for Turkey,” Davutoglu told journalists.
According to Davutoglu, shelling was a retaliatory measure within rules of engagement.
Turkey believes that the Kurds in Syria have ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group, considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, which fights for Kurdish independence from Turkey.