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Syria urges UN to act over Turkish shelling of Kurds

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A Kurdish member of the Self-Defense Forces stands near the Syrian-Turkish border in the Syrian city of al-Derbasiyah

Syria has voiced harsh criticism of Turkish artillery attacks on Kurdish militia in northern Syria as a violation of its sovereignty, has called for UN action and warned that Damascus has the right to respond.

«Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist organisations,» the Syrian government stated in letters to the UN Secretary General and the Security Council’s Chairman.

BBC reports that Turkey carried out a second day of shelling on Sunday of Kurdish forces advancing in northern Aleppo province.

Ankara considers the Kurdish militia in Syria as allied to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has carried out a decades-long campaign for autonomy in Turkey, but the United States, France and others back the Kurdish militia in Syria, the YPG, in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

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