- Title: Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal
- Date: 18th October 2019
- Summary: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY) (OCTOBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS) SMOKE RISING FROM HOUSES (AUDIO OF SEVERAL EXPLOSIONS) VARIOUS OF PILLAR OF SMOKE RISING IN DISTANCE (AUDIO OF GUNFIRE) VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM TOWN (AUDIO OF REPEATED GUNFIRE AND LOUD EXPLOSION) PILLAR OF SMOKE IN DISTANCE SMOKE RISING FROM HOUSES (AUDIO OF EXPLOSION) VIEW OF TOWN AND BORDER AREA
- Embargoed: 1st November 2019 06:34
- Keywords: northeastern Syria Kurds Syrian conflict Trump gunfire SDF shelling explosions truce war Erdogan ceasefire feal
- Location: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- City: RAS AL AIN, SYRIA (AS FILMED FROM CEYLANPINAR, TURKEY)
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1MK7D3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Shelling and gunfire resounded in the area of northeast Syria's Ras al Ain town on Friday (October 18), a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw.
From the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar across the border from Ras al Ain, the sound of machine-gun fire and shelling was heard in the area of Ras al Ain. Smoke rose from one part of the Syrian town.
The truce was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, and was praised by President Donald Trump, who said it would save "millions of lives."
If implemented it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched its assault on Oct. 9: control of a strip of Syria more than 30 km (20 miles) deep, with the Kurdish militia, once U.S. allies, obliged to pull out.
It was also unclear if the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would fully comply with the agreement, which would leave Turkish forces in charge of a swathe of territory that the Kurds once held with U.S. military support.
(Production: Mert Ozkan, Kristian Brunse)
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