BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and an opposition monitoring group have condemned what they call Turkey’s “crimes” against the Syrian people in the northern town of al-Bab that is controlled by the Islamic State group.
Turkish troops and allied opposition fighters have been on the offensive in al-Bab for weeks trying to take it from IS, a battle that has killed hundreds of people so far.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish shelling and airstrikes have killed 45 people in al-Bab since Wednesday.
Turkey wants to clear the area near its border of IS militants.
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The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned what it called Turkey’s violations of Syria’s sovereignty.
The condemnation was expressed in two letters addressed to the U.N. Secretary-General and President of the Security Council.