France wants airstrikes in Syria to end

Turkey captures PYD  PKK tunnel network in NW Syria

The statement comes amid a wave of escalating violence as pro-Assad forces bombarded the rebel-held enclaves over a period of several days, with news outlets reporting a death toll of at least 150 in Eastern Ghouta alone.

Speaking to France Inter Radio, Florence Parly said that they are very anxious about the attacks on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta and the northwestern province of Idlib, adding: "Of course, we want these attacks to be stopped".

Violence has escalated in recent weeks, but the death toll has risen sharply in the past 72 hours, with reports of nearly 200 people killed.

The airstrikes on civilian residential areas killed 19 in Arbin, 17 in Jisrin, 2 in Zamalka, 3 in Sabka, 3 in Misraba, 7 in Hamuriya, 1 in Bayt Sava and another in Madyara neighborhoods, the sources told agencies.

Home to an estimated 400,000 people, the Eastern Ghouta region has been included in a de-escalation deal that was meant to bring calm.

The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said Wednesday it had carried out defensive strikes in the eastern Deir Ezzor region against Syrian pro-regime forces. On Thursday, the Observatory said 56 people, including 10 children, were killed in towns in the eastern Ghouta area, which has been pummeled by artillery and airstrikes.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council failed to back an appeal from UN aid officials for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.

On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria. They are unable to flee the area as it remains under siege, with aid blocked from entering and civilians - including critically ill children - barred from leaving.

The online smear campaign by PYD/PKK terrorists and their supporters against the Turkish military operation in Syria continues to be exposed with the emergence of more old photos misrepresented as being recent and relevant.

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

One Turkish soldier was killed during Friday's operations, the statement added. Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia said Thursday that the proposed ceasefire is "not realistic", Agence France-Presse reported.

The United Nations Security Council has rejected an appeal from UN aid officials for a monthlong humanitarian cease-fire in Syria amid separate calls by the United States for Syria and its ally Russian Federation to end their attacks against rebel-held areas.



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