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Turkey says to host Syria summit with Russia, Iran

08 February 2018

They discussed the humanitarian situation in the Ghouta region just east of Damascus, where dozens have been killed in aerial strikes in the past few days. Çavuşoğlu said that relocating YPG militants will not solve the problem and they should lay down their arms or be killed.

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Senior US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AFP news service that a US military attack against the Syrian government was "on the table" and "always feasible".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation on Monday of protecting Syrian President Bashar Assad from responsibility for what she said were multiple chlorine gas attacks on civilians in recent weeks.

The bombing was one of the bloodiest in the eastern Ghouta region for over a month.

Meanwhile, the U.N.'s assistant secretary-general and humanitarian coordinator in Syria, Panos Moumtzis, said the United Nations could "no longer stay silent", in the light of stepped-up attacks on de-escalation zones in the country. Concerning recent remarks from the US on establishing a security zone in Syria, Çavuşoğlu said Ankara can not trust the USA since Washington had not kept its promises.

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It further charged that US-backed "rebels" linked to Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups supported by the West and its regional allies had repeatedly used such weapons.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor of the conflict, said more than 80 civilians had died in eastern Ghouta.

"If a Russian plane was downed, revenge should not be on civilians and children", Saleh said.

State news agency SANA reported that the shells were launched towards the capital from Eastern Ghouta, which is home to 400,000 people and had been billed as a de-escalation zone.

According to the SOHR, 369 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta, including 91 children and 68 women, since the end of December.

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Rouhani also referred to the growing economic ties between Iran and Turkey and said Iran is prepared to expand its ties with Turkey in the energy field and welcomes the presence of Turkish investors in oil and gas projects in Iran.

The army's general command warned Israel of "grave consequences" to its actions, the report said.

The government has denied using chemical weapons and condemned "lies and allegations" levelled by the West. We demand those attacks and war to be ceased. The operation has been conducted jointly with the Free Syrian Army opposition forces.

Those airstrikes increased after HTS fighters shot down a Russian jet over the province. The pilot ejected from his aircraft but died following an exchange of gunfire on the ground.

It was the second day of an intensified assault on the region.

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