Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Syria warfare: United Nations requires truce as authorities kilos insurgent enclave

Syria warfare: United Nations requires truce as authorities kilos insurgent enclave

US Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the Council to adopt a statement and strongly condemn the successive chlorine gas attacks against Syrian people.

Air strikes also killed at least six people in rebel-held Idlib including five in Tarmala village, the Observatory said.

Defying the USA warnings, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed that Turkish troops would expand cross-border military operations from Syria's Afrin to Manbij.

There has been a heated exchange between the USA and Russian Federation at the United Nations over the reported use of chemical weapons by Assad's regime. Aid groups and rescuers said three hospitals had also been struck.

More than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which began with anti-government protests but morphed into an ugly civil war.

That deal largely collapsed in December when the Syrian army, along with Iranian-backed militias and heavy Russian air power, launched a major offensive to take territory in Idlib province and surrounding areas.

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The German government called on Monday for a thorough investigation into reports Syria had used chemical weapons in both Idlib and Eastern Ghouta. The use of chemical weapons by all parties in Syria must unequivocally stop.

Turkey on January 20 launched "Operation Olive Branch" to remove YPG militants from Afrin.

The YPG has been an important US ally in the war against Islamic State militants, but Ankara sees it as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and Washington. "We don't know what to say".

Turkey and Russian Federation have no disagreements over Ankara's air and ground offensive into northern Syria's Afrin region and the two countries are in close contact over the operation, the Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday.

It was the second attack on the soldiers in a week.

In recent days, the situation in parts of Syria has decayed, particularly in Idlib province, where Russia's Aerospace Forces have been attacking jihadists from the Nusra Front terrorist group (outlawed in Russia), which hit an aircraft during its Saturday overflight of the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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