Kurds evacuate border town
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.