Convoy : Kurds hurl rocks at Russian-Turkish Syria patrol

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A deal reached later last month in the Black Sea resort of Sochi between Russian Federation and Turkey demanded that Kurdish forces pull back from the 30-kilometre buffer zone and let regime forces back in. The Observatory and Kurdish news agency Hawar said a Syrian major general and a colonel were also wounded.

The battles involving heavy and medium weapons are fought in the village of Um Shuaifeh in the countryside of Hasakah Province near the Turkish border, SANA said. "We are in close contact with Turkey", says Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok in a response to the Turkish announcement.

Turkey began its campaign against the SDF and its broader umbrella the Kurdish People's Protection Units last month as Ankara sees these groups as terrorists and separatists.

Bombings in areas held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria are not uncommon. It said they were killed and wounded north of the town of Tal Tamr, adding that the rangers and the Kurdish Red Crescent had evacuated some of the Syrian troops.

The Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian group active in northeast Syria, said four Syrian army soldiers were killed and seven were wounded, including a general. The ministry said on its Twitter account that the Syrian Kurdish fighters attacked with mortars, rockets and sniper fire, without saying where the attacks had occurred.

Turkey's Safety Ministry defined the troops have been patrolling Friday a area regarding Qamishli and Derik, east of the Euphrates.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained this week that Syrian Kurdish fighters were still present in areas along the border, despite the separate agreements with Russian Federation and the United States.

On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu criticized a USA decision to send US troops to protect oil fields in eastern Syria, saying no one but Syria has rights over the country's reserves.

US support for the YPG, which was a main ally in the fight against Daesh (ISIS), has infuriated Turkey. Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters as terrorists due to their links to Kurdish militants fighting inside. "We vehemently opposed your invite to Mr. Erdogan because his authoritarianism must not be rewarded or dignified with a visit to the White House", Larigakis wrote.

Geir Pedersen says the two co-chairs of the constitutional committee from President Bashar Assad's government and the leading opposition have agreed to meet again on November 25, and that delegations would in coming weeks "hopefully come up with a work plan".

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