Turkey detains medics for speaking against Syria offensive

Turkey slams PKK remarks by EP’s rapporteur

Activists say more than 65 civilians have died in Afrin since Turkey launched its aerial and ground campaign on January 20 to drive out a Syrian Kurdish militia.

Rosher Konis, an Armenian man whose family has lived in the Syrian region of Afrin since his ancestors escaped the Genocide, was reportedly killed last week after the Turkey launched an attack in its continuing campaign against Syria.

They added that the crew was "slightly injured".

At least 63 more militants have been "neutralized" in Turkey's "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria, the Turkish General Staff said on January 31.

"We can't build security on the ground without respect for Syrian sovreignty against an enemy (the Kurds) that is no longer ISIS", Macron said.




The United States has around 2,000 military personnel in northern Syria supporting an umbrella group of fighters, dominated by the YPG, which drove Islamic State from its Syrian strongholds a year ago. The development of the situation in the Afrin area in northern Syria regarding the ongoing Turkish operation against Kurdish troops is raising concerns, and Moscow calls on the parties to show restraint, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

Two people were taken to hospital after the attack and one, 17-year-old Fatma Avlar, died from her wounds.

The attacks have so far killed four people, including Avlar.

Turkish jets were hitting Kurdish positions in the towns of Rajo and Jandairis, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

Macron says he will have a discussion with Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the coming days to tell him that the military offensive against Afrin should involve talks "between Europeans, and more widely between allies, because it changes the nature of this Turkish incursion".

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