Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that if Kurdish fighters would not leave the proposed safe zone area in northern Syria by Tuesday evening, Turkey will “crush their heads”.
It is to be noted that Turkey suspended its military operation for five days on Thursday to allow Kurdish fighters to safely return to the area. Turkey considers Kurdish militants a terrorist and wants to create a safe zone inside Syria where Syrian refugees can be resettled.
Despite this agreement, firing continued in Ras Al Ain.
On Saturday, however, the sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire agreement.
Addressing a televised event on Saturday in Turkey’s central province of Kayseri, the Turkish president said that if the Kurdish fighters did not return to the area by Tuesday evening, “we will begin our operations from there.” From where we suspended this military operation.
And we will start crushing the terrorists’ heads again.
The Turkish leader is scheduled to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
On the other hand, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) accuse Turkey of violating the ceasefire agreement.
The SDF also accused Turkey of failing to provide safe passage for the evacuation of civilians and injured people from the besieged town.
SDF urges US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday to pressure Turkey to allow civilians to move.