State Department alarmed over Syrian chlorine gas attack

by Abel Hampton February 7, 2018, 0:50
State Department alarmed over Syrian chlorine gas attack

The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed dozens of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus.

That deployment is separate from a Turkish military offensive that Ankara launched last month to rout US -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern enclave of Afrin.

The Kurdish SDF have been putting up a strong defense in light of the continuous efforts of the Turkish military and have held their ground despite being out-gunned and very likely out-manned since the start of the conflict on January 20th.

Turkish forces responded with retaliatory fire, the statement reads, while not specifying, who the militants behind the attack were. "Today, in the face of a new front in Afrin, as a sign of friendships of people, MFS chose to send reinforcements to Afrin to defend the people from Turkish invasions and attacks and its terrorist mercenaries".

The previous probe, vetoed by Russian Federation, had found that Syrian forces were responsible for the April 2016 sarin attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun, that killed scores of people.

Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is designated a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union as well as by Turkey.

The death toll there rose from an initial report of 16 to around 70, including 18 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor.

On monday, southwest of the city of Aleppo, the army started setting up the outpost in the region they have established control over, since the agreement bteween Russian Federation and Iran to restore peace and reduce violence in the region.

Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" two weeks ago targeting the YPG Kurdish militia in Afrin, opening a new front in Syria's seven-year-old, multi-sided civil war.

In an apparent warning to Turkey, a commander in the military alliance backing Assad said the Syrian army had deployed air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to front lines with rebels in the Aleppo and Idlib areas close to Turkey.

Ahead of the Turkish offensive against Afrin, the Syrian government had threatened to shoot down any Turkish warplanes in Syrian air space.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, a former Iranian ambassador to Syria, has said that the latest meeting on Syria in Russia's northern city of Sochi was "promising".

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