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Turkish jets resume airstrikes over Syrian Kurdish enclave

11 February 2018

The death toll rose after the bombing of a market in the village of Arbin, where airstrikes killed 27, including 10 children and three women, the monitor said.

Yildirim said that it occurred in Syria's northern Afrin province.

The U.S. said Russian Federation must use its influence over Bashar al-Assad's forces to ensure Syria immediately allows United Nations aid to reach vulnerable civilians.

"We regrettably have chose to halt the second term of the school year due to the attacks on Afrin", Salaw Hamosharo, the spokeswoman of the Afrin Education Commission, told VOA.

In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, Col. Thomas F. Veale said the coalition reported to the Russians the buildup of the pro-government forces in the area before the attack, and communicated with them during and after it.

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Eastern Ghouta, which lies just east of the capital Damascus, is controlled by rebel factions including Islamists.

The Syrian Civil Defense, known as White Helmets, has recorded at least 19 civilians killed Thursday in at least six towns in the eastern Ghouta area in a combination of artillery and airstrikes. He said engineers are trying to fix the damage.

An army statement said a team of investigators is carrying out a "technical investigation".

"The global alliance against Daech, they are still there, and ethically they should stand beside us". For those near the capital of Damascus, this has been the deadliest week in almost three years.

Western powers have expressed alarm over the government's campaign against Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people have been besieged since 2013, facing severe food and medicine shortages.

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The official state news agency SANA reported on Thursday that the overnight attack hit tribal fighters in Khusham, a town in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province. We are in a war.

Macron's office said he pushed for more robust peace talks - notably after a Russia-sponsored effort last month was boycotted by the Syrian opposition. Demirtas has been behind bars pending trial since November 2016 for alleged terror charges, accused of links to outlawed Kurdish militants.

"The Syrian government renews its call to dissolve this illegitimate coalition", it said.

The SDF and the coalition targeted the attacking forces with air strikes and shelling after "20 to 30 artillery and tank rounds landed within 500 metres (yards) of the SDF headquarters location", a U.S. official said.

"This is a threat to Turkey which Ankara has the natural right to fight under global and domestic law", Yildirim added.

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