Hurryiet: Two soldiers killed in Turkish army chopper crash in Afrin op

Hurryiet: Two soldiers killed in Turkish army chopper crash in Afrin op

In a statement, the Turkish military said that air strikes destroyed shelters, hideouts and ammunition depots belonging to the YPG and the Islamic State group, which Turkey says it is also combating in the operation.

Israeli planes on February 7 targeted an Iranian base adjacent to a scientific research centre that developed and stored just west of the Syrian capital Damascus.

Regarding the military casualties suffered by the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), no accurate number was reported except for five fighters who lost their lives last week.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said an army helicopter had been "shot down" near the southern Hatay province. Russian Federation effectively controls the skies over the region.

Two Turkish soldiers have died after their helicopter was shot down during Ankara's military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said Deir el-Zour province continues to be tense following the foiled attack and the US response, and said there were reports of a new mobilization to the area.

"In the meeting (of McMaster and Kalin) the long-term strategic partnerships between Turkey and the US were confirmed and the sensitivities and priorities of the two countries were handled", the presidential source said.

"What is happening in eastern Ghouta is not simply a humanitarian crisis because aid is denied".

The meetings will focus on regional developments and Olive Branch operation, which was launched by the Turkish forces against terrorist organizations.

Another 11 soldiers were wounded after the offensive's bloodiest day for Turkish military personnel, the army said.

The Syrian government has repeatedly said it only targets militants.

SYRIAN regime jets have pounded Eastern Ghouta, sending the death toll from a four-day assault on the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus soaring past 220.

The U.N. says more than 270,000 people have been displaced in Idlib because of the government onslaught since December 15.

Macron asked Putin to "do everything" so that Syria's government stops "intolerable degradation of the humanitarian situation" in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib province.

As of Sunday, at least 14 Turkish troops have also been reported killed in the fighting. "In a unsafe situation in Syria, [Turkey] should not add war to war", he said.

More than 4,000 families live in basements and bunkers for fear of air strikes, according to Save the Children.

"Children and teachers are terrified that at any moment they could be hit". "Schools are supposed to be safe places for children, protected under global law, yet they are being attacked every single day".