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More than thousand terrorists killed in Afrin — Turkish military

Patty Aguilar | 08 February, 2018, 16:28

On Wednesday, the Syrian army intercepted an Israeli attack on a military position in Jamraya, northwest of Damascus.

"People here believe Russian Federation is taking revenge after its plane was shot down by the rebels and its pilot killed", Hazem Shami, an opposition activist in Eastern Ghouta told Al Jazeera.

"You allow them to settle and tell us 'Don't come to Manbij.' We will come to Manbij to hand it over to its real owners", the Turkish president said, reiterating a policy of driving the Syrian Kurdish population from Turkey's border and replacing them with displaced Syrian Arab refugees. Among the casualties in the raids are at least 22 children and 21 women.

Paulo Pinheiro, in a statement, added that the spiraling violence in Syria had made "a mockery of the so-called "de-escalation zones" - an agreement past year between Russia, Iran, and Turkey to stabilize the lines of conflict and open corridors for urgently needed humanitarian relief.

Accusing Washington of breaking past promises, Erdogan said: "They (Americans) told us they will pull out of Manbij".

Civil Defense officials reported airstrikes in at least eight cities and towns in the East Ghouta suburbs over the past 48 hours.

He described Tuesday's bloodshed as the deadliest since efforts to broker a truce in Ghouta failed and the government intensified its operations against the enclave six weeks ago. With the routing of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, however, United States officials have made it clear that Washington intends to maintain a permanent occupation of Syria through the formation of a 30,000-strong "border protection force" and the carving out of a USA zone of influence comprising roughly a third of Syrian territory along the country's northern and eastern borders with Turkey and Iraq. Photo courtesy of Ghouta Media Center. Rebel forces have claimed responsibility for shooting down the plane.

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More than 340,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the conflict in Syria erupted in March 2011. The American-led coalition hit back hard with air strikes.

Eastern Ghouta is the last rebel-held enclave near Damascus, and parts of it have been held virtually for the entire war.

A man carries an injured survivor after the air strikes. Residents without a basement to shelter themselves in, he says, "are at the mercy of God".

The summit, if it takes place, will be the latest example of the increasingly intense contact between Ankara and Moscow over Syria.

Paulo Pinheiro, the chair of the United Nations' Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, called reports of deadly, pro-government bombings in East Ghouta and other opposition territories "extremely troubling" in a statement on Tuesday.

Douma resident Mahr Abu Fadi told Syria Direct on Wednesday that he finds it hard to convey the conditions in his city.

Moaz al-Shami, an anti-government activist from the Idlib town of Saraqeb, said in an interview last week that he no longer knew why he risked his life to videotape attacks.

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