Kurdish spokesman: Turkey, Kurdish-linked fighters "abiding by truce"

Both Turkey and Kurdish-linked fighters are abiding by a truce in northern Syria and the situation is calm today, the spokesman for a powerful Kurdish militia tells dpa.

"The situation there is calm today and both parties, and I mean here the Jarabulus Military council and Turkey, are abiding by the truce," Redur Xelil, spokesman of the People's Protection Unit (YPG) says.

Xelil insists that the YPG itself, which Turkey decries as the Syrian branch of banned Kurdish militants operating on its soil, was not involved in last week's clashes in the area between the formerly Islamic State-held towns of Minbij and Jarabulus.

The YPG participated in capturing Minbij from Islamic State but then handed it over to local military and civil councils, he says. "The People's Protection Units were not present at all [any more] in those areas for Turkey to use their presence as a pretext," he adds.

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