Turkey detains top medics for anti-war statement

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın

"The main aim is the creation of a "'de-escalation' zone there, under a deal brokered by Russian Federation in August", Reuters reads.

Rosher Konis, an Armenian man whose family has lived in the Syrian region of Afrin since his ancestors escaped the Genocide, was reportedly killed last week after the Turkey launched an attack in its continuing campaign against Syria. Anadolu got information on the uncovered tunnels from locals "who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns".

After their statement, the TTB was targeted by the President of the Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling them "terror supporters" and the Government especially by the Ministry of Health Ahmet Demircan stating that "the TTB does not represent the doctors in Turkey".

Turkey says seven of its soldiers have been killed. The incursion into Afrin canton allows Turkey to strike at valuable PKK strongholds close to the Turkish border, damage the strength of the Kurdish polity in northern Syria and thereby attempt to destroy the possibility of a Syrian Kurdish quasi-state emerging on its souther border in the aftermath of the war.

Two people were taken to hospital after the attack and one, 17-year-old Fatma Avlar, died from her wounds.

So far, Turkey has reported the killing of 712 militants, and the destruction of more than 400 militants facilities.

Macron said it could be "a real problem" if "Syrian sovreignty is not respected". Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

On Wednesday, the top American commander for the Middle East said the USA military is doing "everything we absolutely can" to avoid a confrontation with Turkey in Syria.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Macron said that Turkey must co-ordinate with allies, and that its operation inside Syria must be limited to fighting terror.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on global law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the U.N. charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

He added: "The whole world knows and should know that Turkey does not operate with the mentality of an invader".

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