Afrin Op: Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down Near Syrian Border, Two Dead

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"We regrettably have made a decision to halt the second term of the school year due to the attacks on Afrin", Salaw Hamosharo, the spokeswoman of the Afrin Education Commission, told VOA.

Diplomacy is making no progress toward ending a war, now approaching its eighth year, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced half the pre-war Syrian population of 23 million from their homes.

Moscow also slammed the US-led strikes, with Russia's United Nations ambassador Vassily Nebenzia saying he had lodged a protest about the assault during a closed-door Security Council meeting.

A punishing campaign by the Syrian government and Russian Federation has battered the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus and the northwestern province of Idlib as President Bashar Assad's government tries to bring them under control. She says the goal is to allow humanitarian aid and medical care to flow to more than 700 civilians in eastern Ghouta.

The official state news agency SANA said the local fighters were battling IS militants and the US -backed SDF in the area. The YPG claimed they brought down the helicopter, but Turkish officials did not confirm that account.

Syrian activists say the death toll from airstrikes and shelling of eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus has risen to at least 56. The strikes killed seven combatants and two civilians, sources said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said Deir el-Zour province continues to be tense following the foiled attack and the USA response, and said there were reports of a new mobilization to the area.

It said the assault reflects the "dirty USA intentions against Syria's sovereignty and territorial unity".

In response, Syrian state media called the us attack an "aggression" and a "new massacre", the AP writes.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, has been carrying out a military offensive to clear a USA -backed Kurdish militia from in a northwestern border town, increasing tensions between Washington and Ankara. It said the dead includes a medic and at least 10 children.

On January 9, Syria's military accused Israel of launching missiles at military outposts in the vicinity of Qutayfeh, near Damascus.

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But his efforts have wider implications for South Korea's foreign policy, most notably its relationships with Japan and the US. The two sides stressed on Saturday that they were interested in maintaining movement toward peace .

Separately, the Turkish chief of military staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, and other commanders surveyed the operation from an airborne warning and control plane, the military said. It noted that the government-backed Syrian forces had failed to coordinate their action with the Russian military prior to launching the mission.

But the US denies those connections and sees the YPG as a key ally in the battle against the Islamic State.

On February 8, The Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) center in Khan Sheikhoun was attacked killing three members of the White Helmets, and wounding four others.

"I would like to confirm that all the fatalities and the injured are civilians".

"Children in eastern Ghouta are being starved, bombed and trapped", said Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria Response Director.

Negotiations on the proposed measure are to begin on Monday, and diplomats said it could quickly come to a vote at the council.

Eleven Turkish soldiers were killed on Saturday, including two military personnel when a helicopter was downed, in the bloodiest day in Ankara's offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Some 90 per cent of the Kurdish militias in northern Syria are not Syrian, but consist of Turkish Kurds not related to the Syrian conflict and with aims unrelated to the Syrian Revolution.

SANA labeled it an "aggression" and a "new massacre".

According to Turkish media, Ankara's aerial campaign was briefly halted after Russia closed the airspace over Afrin, as a result of the downing of a Russian jet in neighbouring Idlib province. It is also unclear where the incident took place.

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