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.
Turkey will launch an operation in Syria if a safe zone is not established, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs says, as US envoy James Jeffrey meets senior officials in Ankara and regime and Russia step up deadly attacks in de-escalation zones.
According to the UNHCR, Turkey is hosting the largest number of refugees in the world for the fifth consecutive year. Out of the 3.7 million refugees, only 3.5 percent of them actually live in camps, the rest are spread out across the country.
The Kremlin also rebuffed criticism from US President Donald Trump of Russian and Syrian military action in Idlib, saying it was needed to shut down rebel attacks being launched from there.
Ankara has promised a cross-border operation and a safe zone east of the Euphrates in Syria and says the operation would not only secure Turkey's national interests but allow displaced and refugee families to return home.
“It is critically important that a vacuum during the US withdrawal [from Syria], which can be exploited by terrorists, doesn't form," Turkey's president said at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
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