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SYRIA: 59 killed, 139 injured in govt air strikes on besieged rebel

SYRIA: 59 killed, 139 injured in govt air strikes on besieged rebel

Rebels fired shells from Eastern Ghouta into Damascus, striking popular squares in and around the old city, Syrian state media reported.

Rescue teams rushed to Jisreen and pulled three children and a woman out of the rubble.

Erdogan didn't mention by name the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, but hinted they were to blame. While the Western experts raise concerns about the legality of the mission, as does the Russian Defense Ministry, they do not say the us seeks Syria's economic assets.

Eastern Ghouta, which lies just east of the capital Damascus, is controlled by rebel factions including Islamists.

Syria's foreign ministry sent two messages Thursday to the U.N. secretary general and the president of the U.N. Security Council complaining about what it called a "new aggression that poses a war crime and a crime against humanity".

The Syrian regime, however, has repeatedly violated the deal and has targeted residential areas in the city killing a total of 524 people and leaving around 2,000 others injured since December 29, 2017.

"The Secretary recently talked about this and let me just underscore and highlight some of the important things that we would like to see take place in regard to Russian Federation as it pertains to Syria: They need to stop using chemical weapons, Syria does", Nauert said.

"After seven years of paralysis in the Security Council, the situation in Syria is crying out to be referred to the International Criminal Court, as well as for a much more concerted effort by states to bring peace", the statement said.

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The overnight air strikes were confirmed by Syria's state-run radio network, which reported dozens of people were killed and many others left wounded.

France's ambassador to the UN, François Delattre, called for unhindered access for aid agencies.

Turkish police detained leading members of several Kurdish and leftist parties on Friday, the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish HDP party said, describing it as an attempt to hamper preparations for the annual HDP congress on Sunday.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the helicopter was downed in southern province of Hatay and that losses such as this incident were expected to happen in battle time.

It was not immediately clear when the Istanbul meeting would take place.

The statement also said the two officials discussed strategies to combat terrorism and regional developments.

It came on the heels of the bloodiest day in months for Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, when 80 civilians were killed in strikes.