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Turkey Constructs the Fourth Observation Point in Syria's Idlib - General Staff

06 February 2018

Fresh regime strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave near Damascus killed 35 civilians on Tuesday despite mounting Western pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The raids also came after a heated exchange between the United States and Russian Federation at the United Nations over the reported use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 towns in the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus were bombed today.

The UN commission said at least three hospitals were hit in recent strikes and shelling.

The U.N. mission in Syria warned in a statement on Tuesday of "dire consequences" to the compounded humanitarian crises in the country.

Meanwhile, Turkish operations against Syrian Kurdish forces and US and Russian-backed operations against the Islamic State group have compounded the suffering of Syrians in the country's north and east. Russian officials say the pilot engaged in a gunbattle with militants before blowing himself up with a hand grenade.

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The UN said existing agreements on the delivery of aid were not being honoured and stressed that "if access was granted, three convoys could be dispatched each week, reaching over 700,000 people in these areas in two months".

You have been redirected from 24 Hours. Iran is another key supporter of Assad's government. The operation has displaced at least 200,000 people, according to the United Nations. According to the military, this attack killed one civilian.

Turkish servicemen started to construct the fourth observation point in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement. Five Turkish soldiers and a civilian military contractor were wounded.

The other Turkish soldier was killed at an observation point in the rebel-held Idlib, where Russian Federation and Turkey are in works to establish a de-escalation zone as part of the Astana agreement.

In Syria, at least 19 people were killed near Damascus under the Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of strikes on Tuesday.

Turkish warplanes have been mounting airstrikes against the northwestern Syrian Kurdish region of Afrin, which is part of Aleppo province, as part of a major offensive targeting Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters.

Turkey Constructs the Fourth Observation Point in Syria's Idlib - General Staff