Febrero 24, 2018

1266 terrorists 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation

11 Febrero 2018, 06:45 | Dolorita Barahona

France calls for humanitarian corridors in Syria

Erdogan shares his plans for liberating Syria

On January 18, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S.planned to have an open-ended presence in Syria, in order to ensure that local fighters are able to secure their territory against IS insurgents.Following Tillerson's comments, worldwide law experts such as Professor Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School say long term U.S. presence in Syria violates global law.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and in the region as well as to protect Syrian people from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

More than 13.1 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid, including 6.1 million who have been displaced within the country during the almost seven-year war.

In its statement, the Kremlin did not elaborate on the call between Putin and Macron.

Russian Federation has repeatedly blocked action in the council that would put pressure on its ally Assad. France is among Assad's harshest critics.

The French president also pushed for more robust Syrian peace talks. An Israeli F-16 crashed during the raid.

A commander in the alliance fighting alongside Syria's army said the Daesh militants left the enclave.

Yildirim said it remained "unclear" why the helicopter went down, adding that an investigation had been launched.

Speaking in Istanbul on Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn't mention by name the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, but said that those responsible will pay for it.

State-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in Turkey's southern border province of Hatay.

The number of liberated settlements in Syria's Afrin as part of the Operation Olive Branch has reached 42, the Turkish media reported February 9.

Casualties are mounting in Idlib, with Russia pounding rebel targets there after a Russian jet was struck down in Saraqib, near Damascus, over the weekend.

A member of Afrin's civil administration, Hevi Mustafa, was quoted by Reuters as saying the Turkish offensive had so far killed 160 people, including 26 children and 17 women.

Some shops reopened in Douma, Erbin and Hammuriyeh, and residents were seen sweeping up rubble outside their homes as others salvaged what they could from destroyed houses, AFP correspondents said.

The two areas have witnessed intense bombardment by Syrian forces this week resulting in hundreds of deaths.

"The no-holds-barred nature of this assault is evidenced by reports that at least nine medical facilities, six of them in Idlib and three in Eastern Ghouta, were hit by airstrikes".

More than 270,000 people have been displaced in Idlib by the government onslaught since December 15, the United Nations said.

"These attacks must end now", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

More than 4,000 families live in basements and bunkers, using them as shelter from airstrikes, according to Save the Children.

However, the "de-escalation" in violence they were meant to monitor has collapsed.

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