Damascus reportedly agrees to buffer zone along Turkish border

Source: Times of Israel

The Syrian regime has agreed to maintain a 10 kilometer (6 mile) buffer zone along the Turkish border following three days of cross-border fire, Turkish media outlets reported Saturday.

Citing “reliable sources,” media reported that President Bashar Assad’s regime had told its military to keep aircraft at least 10 kilometers away from the Turkish border and to avoid firing artillery towards the area. The report also said that a number of Syrian warplanes that had flown near the border had been ordered by Syrian authorities to turn back immediately.

Neither governments have confirmed the deal.

The formation of a demilitarized zone along the Syrian-Turkish border has been longstanding request by Syrian opposition groups who say it would allow rebels to operate freely and civilians to seek refuge.



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