Oil pollution in Syria has been a growing concern since the 2011 onset of war that has taken a toll on oil infrastructure and seen rival powers compete over control of key hydrocarbon fields.
On Saturday, Turkey's Defence Minister said the ceasefire was still holding, and no violations had taken place since the agreement came into effect on Thursday, March 5.
Meanwhile, Russian air strikes in Idlib, northwestern Syria, have killed at least eight civilians, including five children, a war monitor said.
The Syrian regime killed at least 186 children in chemical attacks, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said. Another 305 children died of malnutrition and medicine shortages in the areas besieged by the regime.
A peace corridor on the Turkish-Syria border can help resettle some 3 million Syrians from Turkey, Europe and other countries if it is extended to the Deir Ezzor-Raqqa line, President Erdogan told the UN General Assembly delegates.
Ankara doesn’t have much time and the patience over the safe zone that is to be established along the Turkish border with Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said from now on his group will down Israeli drones in Lebanon's skies.
The warning from Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu comes a day after a Turkish military convoy was targeted by an air strike in northwest Syria, killing three civilians.
A day earlier, the Pentagon said security mechanisms of the Syria safe zone agreement will be implemented in stages. Turkey and the US agreed on August 7 to set up a peace corridor and establish a joint operations centre to organise said safe zone.
The push towards Khan Shaykhun threatens to encircle the last remaining pocket of opposition and rebel territory in neighbouring Hama province, including the towns of Morek, Kafr Zeita and Latamneh.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay says armed forces will respond with more severity after a rocket attack near a border city injured six people
The raids, believed to be carried out by either Syrian or Russian jets, targeted Maarat al Numan, a densely populated city in southern Idlib province –– a de-escalation zone –– leaving a trail of destruction and carnage, rescuers say.
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