Armenian man killed in Turkish shelling of Afrin

Armenian man killed in Turkish shelling of Afrin

Speaking on Sunday, President Erdogan said the campaign could now be extended to other parts of the 500-mile Turkish-Syrian border, to create a 20-mile "security zone".

"We go through great measures to deconflict", he said.

"The Kurds should take responsibility for what they have done. the Syrian state is not at their service and can't just be called when you need it", he said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Artyom Kozhin told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the conference is being delayed but "will start soon".

Opposition figures have said Russian Federation is trying to undermine the United Nations -led peace talks.

The Sochi gathering has also been overshadowed by reports of intense clashes that erupted on a strategic hilltop in northwestern Syria as Kurdish forces tried to enter the area a day after it was captured by Turkish troops.

Turkish authorities have cracked down on public expressions of dissent about the ground offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Anadolu Agency says the chief of the Turkish Medical Association and seven others were detained in Tuesday's police operations for breach of Turkey's anti-terror laws.

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office issued detention warrants for the 11 members of the council early on January 30.

Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, which it is fighting in Syria an extension of the outlawed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the union of treason on January 29 and more than 300 people have since been detained for social media posts criticizing the military operation in Afrin.

The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has slammed the detentions as the Turkish government's "witch hunt against critics".

Turkey's military operation in the Afrin district of Syria could finish in 15 days at most if Turkey wasn't concerned about the civilians there, Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli has said in the Turkish Parliament.

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