New raids on battered Syria rebel enclave kill 7: monitor

Referring to the fake claims on the Afrin operation especially on the social media, the military said: "Recently, there have been some deliberate news, comments and disinformation campaigns aiming to question the legitimacy of the operation".

Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.

Chlorine bombs, which burst on impact, have been used on countless occasions during the war in Syria.

A United Nations -mandated investigator said Tuesday his team was probing reports that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used on two recent occasions in Syria.

Turkey's military said a Turkish soldier was killed in an attack in Idlib, where the Turkish troops are establishing an observation post.

The UN's International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said it was "extremely" troubled by the recent uptick in violence in Idlib province and rebel-held areas in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, where hundreds have been killed in raids since the beginning of the year.

"We have reports that [President Bashar al-] Assad's regime has used chlorine gas against its people multiple times in recent weeks, including just yesterday", said Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy, referring to Sunday's alleged gas attack on the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib.

At least twenty deaths have been reported after Russian and government air-strikes in several locations across Idlib.

The UN Security Council is to hold a closed-door meeting Thursday to discuss an appeal for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, diplomats said.

The White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group, said three of its members and six others were injured by a chlorine gas attack in Idlib's Saraqeb on Sunday night.

Reports by unofficial media in Syria, say that the target of the Israeli attack was an Iranian base in the Jamaraya region.

Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia labeled Haley's words as "slander" and condemned outrage surrounding the alleged attack as meant to "basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified".

The commission past year reported that the Syrian government forces had used highly toxic sarin nerve gas on a rebel-held area in the country.

Slowly, backed by Iran and Russia, Syrian president Bashar al Assad has recaptured territory.

Russian Federation has waged a punishing aerial campaign against Syria's armed opposition since intervening in the civil war on the side of its ally, President Bashar Assad, in 2015.

When the UN Security Council tries to pass motions condemning the use of chemical weapons, Russian Federation repeatedly vetoes.

Turkey was involved in efforts to deliver the body of a Russian pilot to Moscow who was killed in a mission in Syria on Saturday, a Turkish official told Xinhua on Wednesday. Çavuşoğlu said that relocating YPG militants will not solve the problem and they should lay down their arms or be killed.

  • Rogelio Becker