Syria: Turkish forces attacked, one killed

07 February, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Bert Pena
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But the "de-escalation" in violence they were supposed to monitor has halted.

The Syrian government has consistently denied using chlorine or other chemical weapons during Syria's conflict, now approaching its eighth year. The activist-run Ghouta Media Center said at least two, Douma and Harasta, was struck by ground-to-ground missiles.

A Turkish soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar attack by militants in northwest Syria as Turkish forces were setting up a military post in the largest remaining stronghold of opposition to President Bashar Al-Assad, Reuters reported Turkey's military saying today.

Regime or allied forces have fired suspected chlorine-filled munitions on targets in Eastern Ghouta on several occasions in recent weeks, sparking United States warnings of military action.

Several offensive have been launched by the Turkish and Syrian forces recently to reclaim lost regions.

The UN has found that Syria's government carried out chlorine gas attacks in 2014 and 2015, and also used sarin against a town in Idlib previous year.

France last month blacklisted companies and nationals it said had links to Syria's alleged chemical programme.

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"It's completely clear to us the goal is to basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified", he said.

In Idlib, the last province in the country to largely escape government control, daily fighting is also claiming an growing human toll and displacing thousands.

Reports of air strikes hitting at least three hospitals in the past 48 hours "make a mockery of so-called "de-escalation zones", Pinheiro said, referring to a Russian-led truce deal for rebel-held territory, which has failed to stop fighting there".

"These reports are extremely troubling, and make a mockery of the so-called "de-escalation zones" meant to protect civilians from such bombardment", said Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the Commission.

Activists say the campaign in Ghouta escalated after rebels there refused to join peace talks hosted by Russian Federation last month.

More than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which began with anti-government protests but morphed into an ugly civil war.

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