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Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria

The U.S. -led coalition said its action in eastern Syria was in "self-defense", citing a major attack on its allied forces and U.S. advisers in Deir el-Zour province by 500 fighters.

The overnight attack, which a US military official earlier said killed about 100 of the attackers, added another layer to the Syrian conflict that is once again plunging into a new and unpredictable spiral of violence.

"Attacks on health facilities in Idlib Governorate continued with an alarming frequency", it added.

More than 200 civilians have been killed since Monday in Syrian regime airstrikes on parts of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, The Guardian reported. "The air strikes need to end", Florence Parly said on France Inter radio, giving no further details.

However, pro-Kurdish news sources said it was shot down in the village of Qude in Afrin's Rajo district.

On Tuesday, UN officials appealed for an immediate cessation of hostilities, lasting for at least one month throughout Syria, to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid and services to besieged areas, and the evacuation of the critically ill.

The U.S. said Russian Federation must use its influence over Bashar al-Assad's forces to ensure Syria immediately allows United Nations aid to reach vulnerable civilians.

Diplomats said it was unclear whether Russian Federation would use its veto to block the new draft resolution.

"As we were pulling out the children and the dead from under the rubble, they targeted us with five rockets - directly targeting us", said Hafi, 24.

There has been a particular increase in military activity in the opposition-held Eastern Ghouta and Idlib regions.




Aid workers there say several hospitals have been bombed, some a few times in a largely successful effort to put them out of service and deter civilians from using them.

Tukey has launched a military operation against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia in the Afrin region since 20 January. "Eastern Ghouta is experiencing a Middle Ages-style siege".

Syria has called on the U.N. Security Council to condemn the new "massacre" committed by the us -led coalition east of the country that killed dozens of government-backed troops.

The office of U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it was "following closely the alarming military escalation throughout Syria and the risky spillover across its borders".

"You are still telling us not to approach Manbij".

Ford was the last US ambassador to Syria and now teaches at Yale University and is a fellow at the Middle East Institute.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thursday reported that it had struck pro-Assad forces following "an unprovoked attack", a rare instance of the USA attacking the regime, which is supported by Moscow. The main contingent from northeast Syria, which had to pass through Syrian government checkpoints that stand between the two Kurdish areas, entered Afrin Feb. 6.

"This past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict, with wave after wave of deadly airstrikes leading to civilian casualties", UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in an official statement.

Soon after, twin strikes hit the town of Erbin, where two dozen people were killed on Thursday.