Monday, February 19, 2018

Syria: Convoy of Aleppo residents arrives in Afrin amid reports of YPG-Syrian govt. deal

A convoy of residents of Aleppo was greeted by thousands of people in Afrin on Monday, in a show of unity amid an escalation of Turkish shelling of numerous villages in the Kurdish-dominated region.

A significant number of convoy members reportedly hailed mostly from Aleppo's mostly Kurdish districts.

The convoy arrived in Afrin following Syrian State TV reports of a deal between pro-Syrian government forces and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to allow forces loyal to the Syrian government in the Afrin region.

Authorities have not confirmed these reports. According to local media, armed troops are due to enter the city imminently, following an YPG-Syrian government agreement to deploy pro-Syrian government fighters on the Turkish border.

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