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Russia Supports Syria’s Territorial Integrity Amid Turkey’s Operation - Envoy to UN

Dozens of SDF Commanders Killed in Airstrike by Turkish Air Force - Eyewitness

Russia emphasizes the need to preserve Syria's territorial integrity following Turkey's decision to launch a military operation in the north of the country, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy told reporters on Wednesday.

“It’s up to Turkey and its neighbors to decide, we can’t give such advice,” Polyanskiy said when asked whether he believes Turkey should halt the offensive. “But we adhere to the territorial sovereignty of Syria.”

Polyanskiy said Russia wants to promote dialogue between the Kurds and the Syrian government.

About 40 commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed and injured as a result of attacks by the Turkish Air Force in the border areas in northeast Syria, an eyewitness, a resident of the border town of Ras al-Ain said on Wednesday.

"Turkish military helicopters fired at the US base Tel Arqam in the city of Ras al-Ain when representatives of the command held a meeting there. As a result of the shelling, about 40 SDF commanders were killed and injured," the source said.

Earlier, eyewitnesses confirmed that Turkish forces had entered the city, starting clashes with the Arab-Kurdish SDF.

An SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said the Kurdish-led forces managed to repell a ground attack by Turkish troops.

Ground attack by Turkish forces has been repelled by SDF fighters in Til Abyad. No advance as of now.— Mustafa Bali (@mustefabali) October 9, 2019

French FM Says Turkish Operation in Northern Syria Jeopardises Security, Efforts of Anti-Daesh Coalition

"(It is ) is jeopardising the anti-Islamic State coalition's security and humanitarian efforts and is a risk for the security of Europeans. It has to end", Jean-Yves Le Drian said on his Twitter.

Je condamne l'opération unilatérale lancée par la Turquie en Syrie. Elle remet en cause les efforts sécuritaires et humanitaires de la Coalition contre Daech et risque de porter atteinte à la sécurité des Européens. Elle doit cesser. Le Conseil de sécurité est saisi.— Jean-Yves Le Drian (@JY_LeDrian) 9 October 2019



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