Turkish airstrikes kill 5 Syrian pro-government forces near Afrin

Protesters call on government to help people in Afrin

Protesters call on government to help people in Afrin

Lavrov's remarks follow a statement by the chief of the Gen.

Russian Federation has used its veto power 11 times to block action against its Syrian ally, shielding President Bashar al-Assad's government from sanctions, war crimes investigations and an inquiry into chemical weapons attacks.

Turkey began drawing its military to the Syrian border in late June 2017. According to reports at the time, Russian Federation was informed shortly before the attack, so it could evacuate any personnel it had in the vicinity.

Syrian opposition activists say at least 20 civilians have been killed in government bombing of the rebel-held enclave outside Damascus. Douma is Eastern Ghouta's largest settlement.

Damascus denies Western allegations that government forces have used chemical weapons. The protesters were expressing anger at a perceived lack of action from the US. "It is not a path we prefer". They did this all together as coalition powers. Rather a United States strike under any justification would risk a long feared direct war between the U.S. and Russian Federation. Advising against any such attacks, he stated: "Steps are being weighed which could hit regional stability very, very hard".

Since the start of its offensive, Turkey has also threatened to push its military operations to Manbij, further east, to sweep Syrian Kurdish fighters from the length of its borders.

Army General Valery Gerasimov warned on Tuesday that the USA was preparing to launch raids against Moscow's ally, the Syrian government, as it attempted to clear bastion of jihadis and rebels-some of which were once backed by the West-in the suburbs of the capital city of Damascus.

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On Tuesday, drone footage released by the Turkish army seemed to show civilians who were trying to leave were stopped by men believed to be militants from the People's Protection Units (YPG), who blocked the road.

But Turkey, a USA ally and fellow NATO Western military alliance member, has objected to Washington's support for Kurdish militias, which Ankara accused of harboring ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkey says it has now besieged the town of Afrin and is ready to enter the city "at any moment". Reports suggest they are preparing a full-scale assault. More than 1,100 people have been killed since the large-scale government offensive began on February 18.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution last month calling for a 30-day truce to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations from the enclave, but the ceasefire demand went unheeded.

Turkey's president said on Wednesday he hopes the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin would be captured "by this evening".

Turkey-backed fighters on Tuesday had announced they had encircled the Kurdish enclave after reaching the outskirts on Saturday, raising concerns for tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the town.

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