Turkey, Syrian Kurds trade blame over breaching US-brokered ceasefire Oct 20, 2019 0 195 12345 DPABeirut/IstanbulTurkish forces and Syrian Kurdish forces fighting in north-eastern Syria have accused each other of violating a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by the US.“Terrorists” have carried out 14 attacks using heavy weapons in the Syrian border towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, adding that Ankara “fully abides” by the deal with Washington.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday that the Turkish side had not allowed the agreed opening of a safe corridor to evacuate civilians and wounded who are besieged in Ras al-Ain.The SDF added in a statement that US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who forged the deal with Turkey, should be responsible for making sure Ankara implements the ceasefire and opens the corridor.“Despite the continued contact with the American side and promises they made to solve this problem, no progress took place,” the SDF added.Six people in Ras al-Ain have died of injuries they had sustained earlier due to military violence, a war monitor reported Saturday.The deaths happened after Turkish-allied rebels had prevented a medical convoy from entering the town to evacuate about 38 injured civilians and fighters there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.Sporadic shelling by the Turkish-backed fighters continued to hit Ras al-Ain on Saturday, according to the watchdog. RELATED ARTICLES Protests continue to grip Lebanon for third day Oct 20, 2019 0 1238 IRAQI PILGRIMS PROTEST CORRUPTION DURING ARBAEEN MARCH Oct 20, 2019 0 277 Erdogan vows to ‘crush heads’ of Kurdish forces if no pullout Oct 20, 2019 0 227 Ten thousand people march in Kurdish protest in Germany Cologne: Some 10,000 people protested peacefully against Turkey’s military incursion into north-eastern Syria in the German city of Cologne on Saturday, although the number of participants remained below .. 6 killed, 4 missing in Mali attack on pro-govt forces Bamako: Six people were killed late on Friday when unknown assailants attacked a post held by armed pro-government groups in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the groups said in a statement. Four more people were missing .. Mozambique’s oppn calls for vote to be annulled Maputo: Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo on Saturday called for this week’s election to be annulled, accusing the government of breaching a peace deal by using violence and intimidation on voting day. Partial .. S Sudan rebel leader in Juba for talks as peace deal falters AFP Juba South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Juba on Saturday in a bid to salvage a peace deal with less than a month to go until he is to form a government with President Salva Kiir. The foes, whose falling .. German defence minister harshly criticises Turkey, US over incursion Munich: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has sharply criticised Turkey and the United States following the Turkish incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Syria. Two developments are .. Senator McConnell slams Trump’s Syria withdrawal as scattered fighting flares Tal Tamr, Syria: US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops from Syria as “a strategic nightmare” as scattered fighting flared in the north of the country ..