Saudi Arabia Ask Syria to Stop Violence in East Ghouta

 The Saudi Arabian government asked the Syrian government to stop the violence in its attacks in the East Ghouta region.

"We emphasize the need for the Syrian regime to stop the violence, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, and to take seriously the path of political solutions to this crisis," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Twitter accounts as reported by the AFP news agency The Saudi Ministry also asked Damascus to comply with UN Security Council resolution 2254, calling for a national ceasefire and political transition.

Jet- Syrian jet fighters have continued to bombard East Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of Damascus in recent days. The attacks of President Bashar al-Assad's regime have been reported to have killed more than 300 people and triggered international condemnation.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the situation in East Ghosta this time "hell on earth. " The UN Security Council plans to vote on a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire to allow for medical aid and evacuation.

Occupied by rebels since 2012, East Ghouta is the last bag held by the opposition around Damascus. President Assad has mobilized additional troops in an effort to reclaim the territory.

So far more than 340 thousand lives have been floated during the 7-year-old war in Syria. Millions of citizens have left their homes and cities are falling apart.
(ita / ita)

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When the UN ran out of words about children killed in Syria

New York
The United Nations Children's Fund Agency or UNICEF issued a blank 'statement' to express anger over the large number of fatalities, especially children, in the Syrian conflict. The latest attack of the Syrian regime in East Ghouta and Damascus sparked many fatalities.

"There are no words that can bring justice to the dead children, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones, "said UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappalaere, as quoted by Reuters Tuesday (20/2/2018).

The words open UNICEF 'blank' statements. Below that sentence, there are only 10 blank lines with quotation marks indicating clearly missing text.

A footnote at the bottom explains the meaning of this empty 'statement'

"UNICEF issued this empty statement.We no longer have words to describe our children's sufferings and anger, "the explanation explains.

"Do those who cause suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?" added the explanation.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's loyalist army has surrounded nearly 400,000 civilians trapped in the East Ghouta region for years. The siege was increasingly tightened throughout the year and the onslaught of the region continued to be enhanced.

The siege tactics and indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas contrasted with the internationally agreed 'war rules'

Syrian human rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Syrian government forces launching air strikes in East Ghouta on Monday (19/2) evening until Tuesday (20/2) morning. The attack reportedly killed more than 100 people, with at least 20 of them children.

(nvc / ita)

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America and Turkey Promise to Avoid Possible Military Confrontation in Syria

Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave, and American support for the Kurdish YPG militia there have triggered a crisis that jeopardizes US-Turkish relations.

But after several hours of private meetings with the president and Turkish foreign ministers in the absence of a maid or American translator, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his partners say they have prevented a crisis.

"We will not act alone again, America does one thing and Turkey does the other." From now on we will act together, unite, working together to tackle the issues that make it difficult for us, "he explained.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said:" We have the option of fixing this and continuing our relationship, or we can get into a much worse position. we announced yesterday, we have taken an important step in order to normalize our relationship.We reach a kesepa "

The two foreign ministers said working groups would be set up to complete the details, including where troops would be stationed to avoid confrontation in Syria.

When Tillerson left Turkey, the Turkish court sentenced six journalists, including two brothers men, life sentences for helping plan a failed coup 2016. Analysts say the United States and Turkey are still disagreeing over Erdogan's widespread crackdown in almost all walks of life after the failed coup.

Lisel Hintz of John Hopkins University said: "America has long been trying to support some sort of democratization in Turkey but realizing it has not worked and America has little influence over Erdogan."

Foreign Minister Tillerson said that America has long supported democracy in Turkey, and respects the rule of law, independent, and open press which is the source of power n and stability. [my/jm]

US and Israel Defend Israel Attacks in Iran and Syria

The US Defense Department says Israel has the right to defend itself against aggression from other parties. "Israel is our closest security ally in the region and we fully support Israel's right to defend itself against threats aimed at the region and its people, "said Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway. He added that the Americans did not participate in the Israeli offensive.

The Israeli offensive was launched on Saturday in response after Israeli warplanes were shot down. The Israeli fighter plane, just launched an attack on Iranian support positions in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu declared the same on Saturday after speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I reaffirm on him (Putin) our obligations and rights protect ourselves against attacks carried out from the Syrian region, "Netanyahu said. "We agree that coordination between our troops will continue," Netanyahu added. Netanyahu also spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the attack.

The Syrian state media said Syria retaliated "new Israeli aggression". An Israeli F-16 fighter on Saturday was shot down by anti-aircraft Syrian guns. [ii]

Israeli F-16 Fighter Jet Fall Shot Syria Air Force

Tel Aviv
An Israeli fighter jet crashed after being fired at by the Syrian Air Force while launching an offensive against Iran's "targets" in the country. This incident was the most serious incident between Israel and Iran since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011. It is also the first time, Israel has publicly acknowledged that it attacked Iranian targets in Syria .

Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said both fighter jet pilots of the fallen F-16 were reportedly safe in the incident. Earlier the Israeli military alerted Iran that it was responsible for unmanned drones or drones entering Israeli territory. Israel has also repeatedly reminded of the existence of Iranian forces in the Syrian region.

"The Israeli military is targeting the Iranian control system in Syria that sends UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) into Israeli airspace," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, adding that the Syrian Air Force then fired antiaircraft missiles up to an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.

"Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty," Conricus said as quoted by AFP news agency AFP , Saturday (10/2/2018).

In a separate Israeli military statement mentioned, Israeli troops identified an "Iranian UAV" launched from Syria and intercepted it in Israeli airspace with a fighter. The F-16 fighter plane crashed in the valley of Jezreel, in northern Israel.

"During the attack, some anti-aircraft missiles were fired into IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft," the Israeli military statement said.

"The pilots are wrong one plane jumped as a procedure.The pilots landed in Israeli territory and were taken to the hospital for medical treatment, "added the Israeli military.

(ita / ita)

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