Kurds: Turkey Shelling Closes Schools for 40000 Students in Northern Syria

Erdogan said Saturday that the helicopter was participating in the Turkish military offensive in northern Syria when it was shot down while flying over an area in Turkey's Hatay province.

The Turkish military in other statements said a total of five soldiers were killed and nine wounded on Saturday in clashes with mainly Kurdish forces near Afrin.

In a statement, the military said the Turkish Armed Forces had "destroyed" 36 YPG targets and "neutralized" 79 YPG militants in airstrikes that were carried out overnight on February 10.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the U.S. to pull its troops back from Syria's Manbij, which is east of Afrin. Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan didn't mention by name the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, but hinted they were to blame.

Mustefa Bali, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces dominated by the YPG, said on Twitter that a helicopter had been hit in the Rajo area of northwest Afrin, near the Turkish border.

According to the report, the Provincial Security Directorate's Narcotics Crime Branch launched an operation after receiving intelligence on a truck carrying narcotic drugs for terrorists.

The helicopter is the first aircraft Turkey announced it has lost since the offensive began.

The Turkish military in a statement did not specify a reason for why the helicopter fell.

"We are in a war".

French President Emmanuel Macron says he's concerned about signs that chlorine gas may have been used multiple times against Syrian civilians in recent weeks.

Officials of the Afrin Education Commission told VOA that two schools in Maydanki, one in Rajo village and another in Jindaresse were destroyed by Turkish shelling this week.

In a statement from the State Department, Washington threw its weight behind a United Nations call for a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and demanded that Moscow rein in its ally. In Idlib, the largest area controlled by the opposition, at least two million people reside.

Six civilians have been killed in fresh regime airstrikes in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, according to a local civil defense official on Sunday.

The US and Russian Federation also sparred over the US-led coalition's airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops, with Russia's envoy Nebenzia saying he had told the Security Council that such strikes were "inadmissible" and "deplorable".



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