Turkish-backed rebels have said the withdrawal of their heavy weapons from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Syria will last several days.

The National Liberation Front (NLF) announced on Saturday it has begun withdrawing heavy arms from the demilitarised zone as part of an agreement between Russia, which is a Syrian government ally, and Turkey.

“We began to withdraw our heavy weapons from the demilitarised zone to rear positions,” NLF spokesperson Naji Mustafa told AFP news agency.

“The operation will last several days,” he said, adding that the weapons will be held by fighters deployed in positions outside the buffer zone.



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