Russia improving defences at military bases in Syria - agencies

08 February, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • A man carries a child as he flees from reported Syrian air strikes in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 68 civilians have been killed, including 21 children, since Turkey launched operation "Olive Branch" last month.

Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position in a rural area near Damascus on Wednesday, triggering Syria's air defense system which destroyed most of the missiles, a Syrian army statement carried by state television said.

The call between Putin and Rouhani was also an opportunity for both leaders to highlight their common strategic goals - particularly in Syria, where Russian Federation and Iran remain the principal backers of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"It's really violent", said Tareq Abdelhaq, an activist.

On Tuesday, President Rouhani also said the USA military presence in Syria is meant to "disintegrate" the war-stricken country.

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

"In Sarajevo we had the market massacre that woke up the conscience", he said, but as larger death tolls in Syria receive less attention - airstrikes on marketplaces happen with some regularity - he said he wondered what level of violence it would take to shock the world into action.

Most alarmingly, the Commission has received multiple reports - which it is now investigating - that bombs allegedly containing weaponised chlorine have been used in the town of Saraqeb in Idlib and in Douma in eastern Ghouta.

He described the government's siege and indiscriminate bombardment of Eastern Ghouta as "international crimes".

Around 60 civilians were killed on Tuesday in air strikes and shelling that overwhelmed rescue workers and prompted the United Nations to call call for an immediate cease-fire in order to deliver critical medical care to civilians across the country. It said it ongoing fighting and the deliberate obstructions by forces at the front lines were blocking aid organizations from reaching civilians in need.

"For the last two months we have not had a single (aid-delivery) convoy".

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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 White Helmets said three of its rescuers and six other people suffered breathing problems.

"Eastern Ghouta is a de-escalation area".

The U.S. -backed opposition Syrian Democratic Forces, led mainly by a Syrian Kurdish militia which Turkey is now fighting in Syria, liberated the town of Manbij from the Islamic State group in 2016. Turkey has agreed to set up 12 observation posts in Idlib and neighboring provinces.

At least three civilians have also been killed by rocket fire from Syria onto Turkish territory. Turkey began deploying forces in an observer role to rebel-held Idlib in October as part of the "de-escalation" agreement.

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In an interview with French daily Le Figaro published on January 31, Macron warned that if Turkey's ongoing operation in northern Syria turns into an "invasion" it would be a "real problem" for France.

Russian Federation has sought Turkey's help to recover the engine among debris of its Sukhoi-25 ground-attack aircraft to determine the type of missile used to shoot at the plane. It was the first time a Russian jet was shot down over Syria since Russia launched its air campaign on Assad's behalf.

"The phone call focused on the Syrian regions of Afrin and Idlib".

Cavusoglu also stressed the importance of strengthening the regional and global relations between Iran and Turkey, adding that the Islamic Cooperation Organization meeting in Istanbul with good support from Iran led to the failure of the conspiracy against the region.

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