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He also said Turkish forces had finished building a sixth observation point in Syria's Idlib region. Saeed had managed to pull the 3-month-old child out of the wreckage of their home after an airstrike, according to Syrian Civil Defense workers, known as the White Helmets. An offensive by Ankara to rout US -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern enclave of Afrin is now in its third week.

They said civilians in Idlib were being forced to move repeatedly to escape fighting, noting that two pro-government villages in Idlib also continued to be besieged by rebels.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Russian-backed government denies that its forces use chemical weapons.

Paulo Pinheiro, head of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said the government siege of Eastern Ghouta featured "the international crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population". The use of chemical weapons by all parties in Syria must unequivocally stop.

This week's strikes, which began on Monday, hit at least 10 areas in Eastern Ghouta, including Haza, Harasata, Douma, Hammouriyeh and Beit Sawa.

Erdogan blasted the US for its military presence in Manbij with fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Ankara sees as a terror group affiliated with the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey's southeast.

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The conflict has been further complicated since January by a an offensive that neighboring Turkey launched against the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin. "We don't know what to say".

"The Russian Defense Ministry has dispatched a request to Turkey for assistance in obtaining all debris of the Russian jet Sukhoi-25, down by terrorists on February 3 with a man-portable missile in air space over Syria's Idlib province", the ministry's statement runs.

It was the second attack on the soldiers in a week.

Turkey began deploying forces in an observer role to the rebel-held Idlib in October as part of a "de-escalation" agreement with Iran and Russian Federation to stabilize the lines of conflict in the war-torn country.

"They cover the air space of the Syrian north", the commander told Reuters.


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