Turkey says continues services in northern Syria to meet locals' basic needs

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ANKARA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Turkish province of Sanliurfa is continuing the urbanization services in the Ras al-Ayn and Tel Abyad districts of northern Syria, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday.

According to the Turkish governor's office, the basic needs of locals there, such as drinking water, food, energy and hygiene, have started to be met.

Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn districts were deprived of urban services following the Turkish military operation, said the province in a statement.

The cleaning of the debris, left by mortar and rocket attacks against Akcakale Customs Gate by the People's Protection Units (YPG), continues under the supervision of Sanliurfa Governorship Provincial Coordination and Operations Center, the statement noted.

Ankara sees the YPG as the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey.

On Oct. 9, Turkey launched a military incursion, named Operation Peace Spring, into northern Syria in a bid to drive Syrian Kurdish fighters out of the border region following the pullout of U.S. troops.

The United States reached a deal with Turkey on Oct. 17, imposing a five-day cease-fire to allow the Kurdish forces to pull back from the planned safe zone that Turkey wants to create in northern Syria to ensure its border security. Enditem

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