Kurds evac­u­ate bor­der town

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - WORLD NEWS -

Dozens of ve­hi­cles have rolled out of a be­sieged Syr­ian bor­der town, evac­u­at­ing Kur­dish fight­ers and civil­ians and open­ing the way for Turk­ish-backed forces to take over in the first pull­back un­der a three­day-old US-bro­kered cease­fire.

Kur­dish of­fi­cials say the evac­u­a­tion of the town of Ras al-Ayn will be fol­lowed by a with­drawal of their forces from a broader sec­tion of the bor­der with Turkey.

The pause in fight­ing is set to end to­mor­row.

Ques­tions re­main over longer-term ar­range­ments. Turkey wants a “safe zone” clear of Kur­dish fight­ers – who it con­sid­ers ter­ror­ists – across the en­tire north­east bor­der. That is far longer than the ter­ri­tory the Kurds will leave un­der the deal’s terms.

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