Turkey soldier killed setting up military post in Syria

Turkey soldier killed setting up military post in Syria

"While "media wailing" on Idlib has risen, there has been no serious condemnation of the continued Turkish aggression in Afrin and other Syrian areas", the Syrian opposition group added.

Russia, Assad's main backer, retorted that "no perpetrators have been identified" and accused the United States of orchestrating a "propaganda campaign" against the Syrian government.

Paulo Pinheiro also said the "scale and ferocity" of the government's attacks on the Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been trapped since 2013, and Idlib had "increased dramatically" in the past 48 hours.

"Meanwhile, fighting and retaliatory shelling from all parties are impacting civilians in this region and Damascus, causing scores of deaths and injuries", said their statement, released before the latest casualty tolls emerged on Tuesday.

One woman was killed and four people were wounded in mortar fire on the Bab Touma neighbourhood and the capital's Mariamite Cathedral, a Greek Orthodox church, a police source told the agency.

The region has been under intense attack since the end of December as the government of President Bashar Assad struggles to bring it under control.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a number of cases of suffocation were reported after helicopters targeted the town of Saraqeb on Sunday.

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

Those talks - sponsored by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation - set out the creation of four so-called de-escalation zones in Idlib, the greater Damascus area, the southern region of Daraa and the city of Homs.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in mortar attacks in Syria's Afrin district and Idlib province, according to a military statement on February 5.

Air strikes also killed at least six people in rebel-held Idlib including five in Tarmala village, the Observatory said. An offensive by Ankara to rout USA -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern enclave of Afrin is now in its third week.

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