KIEV/BEIRUT Turkey on Monday indicted Russia of an “obvious fight crime” after barb attacks in northern Syria killed scores of people, and warned Kurdish company fighters there they would face a “harshest reaction” if they attempted to constraint a city nearby a Turkish border.
An descent upheld by Russian bombing and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias has brought a Syrian army to within 25 km (15 miles) of Turkey’s frontier. The Kurdish YPG company – that Turkey regards as a antagonistic mutinous force – has exploited a situation, seizing belligerent from Syrian rebels to extend a participation along a border.
Almost 50 civilians were killed when missiles strike during slightest 5 medical comforts and dual schools in rebel-held areas of Syria on Monday, according to a United Nations, that called a attacks a blatant defilement of general law.
At slightest 14 were killed in a northern city of Azaz, a final insurgent building before a limit with Turkey, when missiles strike a children’s sanatorium and a propagandize sheltering refugees, a medic and dual residents said. Missiles also strike a sanatorium in a city of Marat Numan in a range of Idlib, south of Aleppo.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pronounced a Russian barb had strike a buildings and that many civilians including children had been killed. Turkey’s unfamiliar method indicted Russia of carrying out an “obvious fight crime.”
But Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova pronounced Russian atmosphere strikes were targeting Islamic State infrastructure and she had no reason to trust that Russian planes had inebriated municipal sites in Idlib.
“We are assured that (there is) no proceed could it be finished by a invulnerability forces. This contradicts a ideology,” she pronounced in Geneva. Syria’s attach� to Russia pronounced U.S. fight planes were responsible.
White House inhabitant confidence confidant Susan Rice on Monday cursed in a “strongest terms” a strong bombing of northern Syria, adding that it ran opposite to commitments to revoke hostilities done by vital powers final week in Munich.
The Syrian polite war, reshaped by Russia’s involvement final September, has left into an even aloft rigging given a United Nations sought to revitalise assent talks. The talks in Geneva were dangling progressing this month before they got off a ground.
World powers concluded in Munich on Friday to a relinquishment of hostilities in Syria to concede charitable assist to be delivered, though a understanding does not take outcome until a finish of this week and was not sealed by any warring parties.
Turkey shelled YPG positions for a third true day on Monday to try to stop a fighters seizing Azaz, only 8 km from a border. Ankara fears a Kurdish militia, corroborated by Russia, is perplexing to secure a final widen of around 100 km along a Syrian limit not already underneath a control.
“We will not concede Azaz to fall,” Davutoglu told reporters on his craft on a proceed to Ukraine. “If they proceed again they will see a harshest reaction,” he said.
The deadlock has increasing a risk of approach fight between Russia and NATO member Turkey.
U.N ENVOY IN DAMASCUS
U.N. Syria attach� Staffan de Mistura done a warn revisit to Damascus on Monday and will reason talks with Syria’s unfamiliar apportion on Tuesday, a Syrian supervision central told Reuters. A comparison UN central after reliable that de Mistura had arrived in Syria for an unscheduled revisit to “follow adult on commitments done in Munich.”
But in a serve clouding of a Munich deal, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pronounced on Monday that any ceasefire did not meant any side had to stop regulating weapons, and that nobody was able of securing a conditions for one within a week.
At a news discussion in Kiev, Turkey’s primary apportion doubted Russia’s joining to any understanding to stop hostilities, indicating to comments from Moscow that it would continue a atmosphere strikes regardless.
“They wish to have only dual options in front of a general community: Daesh or Assad,” Davutoglu said, regulating an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
Turkey is barbarous by a enlargement of Kurdish change in northern Syria, fearing it will inspire separatist ambitions among a possess excitable Kurds. Ankara considers a YPG a militant group.
Davutoglu pronounced Turkey would make a Menagh atmosphere bottom north of a city of Aleppo “unusable” if a YPG, that seized it over a weekend from Syrian insurgents, did not withdraw.
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz pronounced Ankara was not deliberation promulgation infantry to Syria, according to a state-run Anadolu Agency.
Syria’s rebels, some corroborated by a United States, Turkey and their allies, contend a YPG is fighting with a Syrian troops and a backers – including Russia – opposite them in a five-year-old polite war. The YPG denies this.
South of Azaz, a Kurdish-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, of that a YPG is a member, took around 70 percent of a city of Tal Rifaat, according to a Syrian Observatory, that monitors a war.
Tens of thousands have fled to Azaz from towns and villages where there is complicated fighting between a Syrian army and militias.
“We have been relocating scores of screaming children from a hospital,” pronounced medic Juma Rahal, following a barb strikes. At slightest dual children were killed and ambulances ferried scores of harmed people to Turkey for treatment, he said.
French gift Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) pronounced 7 people were killed and during slightest 8 staff were blank after missiles strike a sanatorium in a range of Idlib, west of Aleppo, in a apart incident.
“The author of a strike is clearly … possibly a supervision or Russia,” MSF boss Mego Terzian said.
(Additional stating by Lisa Barrington in Beirut, Humeyra Pamuk in Istanbul, Tulay Karadeniz, Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay in Ankara, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, Jack Stubbs in Moscow; essay by Nick Tattersall and G Crosse; modifying by David Dolan, Giles Elgood and Pravin Char)