Syria regime's fresh strikes kill 6 civilians in Ghouta

Syrians carry an injured man who was rescued from beneath the ruins of a building that collapsed following air strikes in Eastern Ghouta

The U.S. on Thursday backed up the United Nations' call for a month-long ceasefire in Syria and urged Russian Federation to use its sway with Damascus to ensure aid workers access to hard-hit rebel enclaves.

The UN humanitarian coordinator, Panos Moumtzis, has made this appeal but with no avail.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 56 people, including 10 children, were killed on Thursday.

The draft United Nations resolution, seen by Reuters, also "calls upon all parties to immediately lift the sieges of populated areas, including in Eastern Ghouta, Yarmouk, Foua and Kefraya".

This lopsided logic is most regrettable, especially coming from a super power, and at a time when the areas affected are declared as de-escalation zones, an idea that Moscow itself sponsored and promoted.

By crossing the river, the pro-government forces would have violated the existing de-confliction agreement between Washington and Moscow, approaching USA -backed forces based near an oil field.

Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, a northern province where violence also flared this week, are both so-called de-escalation zones agreed a year ago in a bid to pave the way for an end to the conflict.

Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a helicopter had been shot down without saying who was responsible.

Nauert said the "extremely concerned" about the growing violence in eastern Ghouta, as well as in Idlib.

But the state-run news agency Anadolu said the incident happened in the southern border province of Hatay, with the private Dogan news agency saying authorities were trying to reach the wreckage in the Kirikhan district.

Yildirim said that it occurred in Syria's northern Afrin province.

The YPG - trained, armed and supported by the U.S. to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - controls a swath of land in northern Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the USA airstrike wounded 25 pro-Syrian volunteers.

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 terrorist oppression and cruelty.

"The casualties of Al-Qaeda gangs are about 350 and Turkish army lost about 200 soldiers", he said, adding that the YPG had only suffered 100 casualties.

The Turkish president also invited Rouhani to the Istanbul meeting on the Syria conflict.

The officials provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government rules. Turkey already has deployed troops in Idlib to such posts, and some of its soldiers have come under attack. But the recent bombardment appears calculated to punish the opposition for the failure of the Sochi conference, and perhaps force them to surrender the region as the conflict heads into its eighth year.

The officials provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

Iran, meanwhile, accused Israel of "lies" and said Syria had the right to "legitimate self-defence" in response to strikes.



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