Syria: Turkish forces attacked, one killed

Feb 07, 2018, 00:52
Syria: Turkish forces attacked, one killed

One Turkish soldier was killed and five were wounded on Monday in a rocket and mortar attack by militants as the Turkish forces were setting up a military post in Syria's Idlib province, Turkey's armed forces said on Tuesday.

An official statement was released by the Syriac Military Council unilaterally, it read, "While we are trying to complete the liberation of the rest of the Syrian territory from the remnants of terrorists who have committed crimes against the land, people, history and civilization, the barbaric Turkish attack and bombardment continues on the Afrin region for the second week in a row".

Turkey is targeting the YPG in an air and ground operation in Syria's northwest Afrin region launched two weeks ago.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman added that few rebels were among the dead because they rarely left their tunnels and had better protection from air strikes than civilians, estimated to number around 400,000 in Ghouta.

United Nations officials in Syria called for hostilities to cease to enable humanitarian aid deliveries and the evacuation of the sick and wounded, listing seven areas of concern including northern Syria's Kurdish-led Afrin region, being targeted by a Turkish offensive.

Turkey, which supported rebels trying to overthrow Assad, has worked with Assad's main worldwide backers Russian Federation and Iran in recent months to try to stem some of the bloodsheds in Syria's almost seven-year-old civil war.

Syrian opposition activists say at least 16 people have been killed in new airstrikes on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, a day after Russian and Syrian government forces battered rebel areas across the country in sweeping air raids.

The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday.

Turkey is one of the peace-guarantor states in Syria.

"Civilians and children being massacred and the world is still silent", Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, a former Iranian ambassador to Syria, has said that the latest meeting on Syria in Russia's northern city of Sochi was "promising".

A week ago, a large Turkish military convoy heading for the same area withdrew after it was hit by a vehicle bomb which killed one person.

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