Sunday 25 September 2016

Syria denounces 'outrageous' Turkish shelling

Published 20/02/2016 | 10:16

Turkey's UN ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik speaks during a press conference after Security Council meetings on Syria (AP)
Turkey's UN ambassador Yasar Halit Cevik speaks during a press conference after Security Council meetings on Syria (AP)

The Syrian government has said Turkish artillery shelling inside Syria is an "outrageous violation" of international law.

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Syria also accused Turkey of committing "crimes" against the Syrians by firing artillery shells at areas in the northern province of Aleppo.

In a statement published by the state-run SANA news agency, it added that a number of civilians were injured by the artillery fire that targeted Tel Rifaat, Malikiyeh and other towns.

Turkey has in the past week kept up a cross-border artillery shelling campaign against US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia positions in Syria.

It has also threatened ground action, saying it is exercising its right to self-defence and responding to fire from Syrian soil.

The main Kurdish group in Syria has denied firing at Turkey from Syria.

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