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Tehran Steps Up Pressure on Ankara Over Syrian Operation

Tehran Steps Up Pressure on Ankara Over Syrian Operation

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.

The report said the action was sanctioned in self-defence after several hundred attackers launched a "coordinated assault" on the Syrian Democratic Forces - a U.S. backed outfit.

"You can go arm in arm with terrorists when necessary ..." This is probably worth the Americans figuring out how to make the Syrian government pay a military price when they do cross that red line and use chemical weapons.

Syrian government troops have waged an intense air campaign on Eastern Ghouta since Monday that has left at least 207 civilians dead in total, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Some NATO member states also have raised concerns over Turkey's military operation in Afrin.

The two presidents have not spoken in years and often rely on Russian Federation to mediate the issues between their nations.

Across the Kurdish region in northern Syria, in Iraqi Kurdistan, in Europe and North America and cities around the world, opponents of the Turkish government's deadly bombing and ground invasion of Afrin canton in northwest Syria have taken to the streets to protest the assaults. "That is not realistic", said Russia's United Nations envoy, Vassily Nebenzia.

"If there is no ceasefire, if this is all left unheard, we can not imagine the scale of the humanitarian disaster", she said.

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The OCHA said education activities in Idlib witnessed repeated interruptions due to the ongoing hostilities in the past two months.

More than a quarter of those killed were children.

In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, Col. Thomas F. Veale said the coalition reported to the Russians the buildup of the pro-government forces in the area before the attack, and communicated with them during and after it.

The Turkish officials said two leaders also agreed that efforts to create "observation posts" in Syria's Idlib province as part of a "de-escalation" agreement between Turkey, Russia and Iran should gain momentum.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey's borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from oppression and cruelty of terrorists. "These attacks must end now", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. A further 812 civilians are reported to have been injured.

Jisreen was also hit heavily, with 17 civilians killed on Thursday.

"Schools are supposed to be safe places for children, protected under global law, yet they are being attacked every single day", said Sonia Khush, Save the Children'€™s Syria Response Director in a statement.

The U.N. called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire on Tuesday to allow aid workers to access the embattled areas in order to provide emergency supplies and to carry out medical evacuations.


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