Syria condemns Turkish 'massacres' in the north

AP , Monday 29 Aug 2016

Syrian families, fleeing the Islamic State group and the ongoing fighting, carry their belongings on August 29, 2016 as they arrive to take refuge in the Syrian village of al-Khalfatli, held by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), near the Syrian-Turkish border, north of Aleppo (AFP)

The Syrian government has condemned what it calls "repetitive breaches, aggression and massacres" committed by Turkey against the Syrian people in the country's north.

In two messages sent on Monday to the U.N. chief, Ban Ki-moon, and the resident of the U.N. Security Council, Syria's Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of committing "full-fledged crimes against humanity."

Turkey last week sent troops and tanks into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from the Islamic State group, and have since been fighting Kurdish Syrian forces around the town in an effort to halt their advance across northern Syria.

Syrian opposition activists have said that at least 35 civilians were killed in the Turkish-led operation so far. Turkey denied any civilians had been hit.

Syria's government has condemned the Turkish incursion but has stayed out of the conflict.

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