Febrero 21, 2018

31 civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta airstrikes

08 Febrero 2018, 12:46 | Gervasio Siguenza

A man carries a child as he flees from reported Syrian air strikes in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

A man carries a child as he flees from reported Syrian air strikes in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian boy walks through a street covered with rubble from a heavily damaged building following airstrikes by regime forces in Arbin, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 1, 2018.

Russian Federation opposed the statement, insisting that "no perpetrators have been identified" and accusing Washington of mounting a "propaganda campaign" against the Syrian government.

PARIS, France - France said Wednesday, February 7, that "all indications" suggest the Syrian regime is using chlorine weapons in its almost 7-year civil war against rebel forces. The government has dismissed the claims as "lies". The official added the absurd warning that the use of such weapons "will spread to USA shores, if we can not stop it".

"It is like the end of days", said Raed Saleh, the head of the first-responders known as White Helmets, describing the last 24 hours of attacks on the opposition-held eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta and northwestern Idlib province.

"On the other hand, it is reported that the regime used chemical weapons containing chlorine gas in the region", Aksoy said. "We just find our house destroyed over us", she said adding that her house was bombed while she was home a year ago and that she didn't hear the sound before it happened.

The incident reportedly occurred as thousand of protesters marched in North London for a demonstration against Turkey's military action in Afrin, a Kurdish city in Syria.

"We maintain that regional states should stand up against plots hatched up with the aim of violating their territorial integrity", he was quoted as saying in a Farsi report by the Iranian president's official website.

Funk's visit came amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States - NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.

The protest was against the attack the operation "Olive Branch" in Afrin on January 20 against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey has blacklisted as "terrorists". Many civilians trying to return home have been killed and injured by unexploded ordinances.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a statement defying United States warnings against any Turkish advance on Manbij.

A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held town of Douma
A Syrian man searches for people in a fire following regime air strikes on the rebel-held town of Douma

"The operation in Afrin will resolutely continue, and an Idlib operation will follow it", Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. "It means you have calculations against Turkey and Iran, and maybe Russian Federation". There were certain incidents which were inflated by Arab media, belonging to opponents of Bashar al-Assad regime in the region. At the same time, Iranian credibility on such matters is undermined by numerous reports throughout recent months indicating that Iran has been strengthening its ties with the Taliban, which famous harbored Al Qaeda while holding government power prior to the USA invasion of 2001, and which is apparently viewed by Tehran as a potential ally of convenience in conflicts with the US.

"People are fleeing, they don't know where to go". The Turkish people are advancing to a new era.

Stressing the need for efforts to attain the target of $30 billion in trade and economic exchanges, the Chief Executive said that boosting banking ties between the two countries, using national currencies in trade exchanges and accelerating implementation of agreements reached between Tehran and Ankara can give an impetus to Iran-Turkey economic relations.

The invasion of Syria has been accompanied by a repressive crackdown within Turkey itself.

The Turkish-Banjul diplomacy chief noted that these terrorist elements should be wiped out from these border territories because they are not only killing innocent people in Syria, but also displacements of civilians.

One of the two militias, Kataib Hezbollah, which is closely linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, backed up its statements with explicit threats of attacks against any USA forces that remain after the recently announced draw-down.

The punishing campaign by the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, has also battered Idlib, the largest area under opposition control.

The Russian ministry of defense revealed the identity of the pilot as Maj. The most likely source of the attack was a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile, or MANPAD, supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency to the so-called rebels dominated by Al Qaeda.

Turkey began deploying forces in an observer role to the rebel-held Idlib in October as part of a "de-escalation" agreement with Iran and Russian Federation to stabilize the lines of conflict in the war-torn country. However, although the fight against Daesh has nearly ended, the US still continues to support the YPG with arms and military equipment.

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