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The death of a Russian pilot in a statement

The death of a Russian pilot in a statement

Rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta, meanwhile, continue to be a target of airstrikes, a Syrian monitoring group said.

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.

Funk's visit came amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States - NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.

Like Ankara, the US entered the Syrian conflict in support of rebel groups such as the FSA that were trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Central Intelligence Agency funding for the insurgents dwindled as they were overshadowed by more powerful and radical groups such as the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).

Chemical weapons experts believe there is now evidence that Syrian troops are putting sarin into grenades to flush out rebels.

Haley told the U.N. Security Council that Russian Federation has delayed adoption of a council statement condemning the use of chemical weapons, including a reported chlorine gas attack Thursday in the opposition-held Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that injured over 20 civilians including children. "However, this desire [of the U.S.] will not be fulfilled".

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Sunday said US forces in could be targeted by Turkish troops if they are spotted wearing YPG "uniforms", should Ankara decide to expand operations into northwest Syria.

Yousef al-Boustani, an opposition media activist in eastern Ghouta's Douma neighborhood, called the air raids "hysterical".

De-escalation zones - an agreement between Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation - were touted as way of reducing violence in Syria, but these areas have been subject to some of the most horrific bombing in recent months.

Eastern Ghouta is in May 2017 agreed as one of four "de-escalation" zones under a deal between Russia, Iran and Turkey, but the government maintains its blockade and renews bombardment in mid-November.

The UN statement comes the day after the US State Department said it was "gravely alarmed" by allegations that Syrian forces conducted chemical attacks.

In Idlib, two hospitals have been hit with airstrikes since Sunday and at least 14 people killed.

"There is a misperception that the de-escalation areas have resulted in peace and stability", he said.

Mr. Moumtzis said the United Nations would "ask the government of Syria to stop besiegement", and he condemned the lack of cooperation from some rebel groups on aid deliveries.

Ammunition belts slung over their shoulders, voices cracking from the chanting, dozens of young Syrian Kurds gather in Afrin's town square to enlist in the "resistance" movement against a Turkish-backed assault.

So far, more than 340,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which began in 2011 with anti-government protests that then morphed into a brutal civil war.

The Syrian army on Wednesday said it intercepted an Israeli missile attack on a military outpost near Damascus, Agence France-Presse reported. "If anything, these have been serious escalation areas".


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