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Turkey backs Syria's territorial integrity: Turkish FM

Turkey backs Syria's territorial integrity: Turkish FM

Separately, Human Rights Watch on Saturday accused Turkish border guards of firing on would-be asylum seekers trying to enter from Syria.

In just a month, from December 15 to January 15, about 247,000 Syrians were displaced to the border area, according to the United Nations.

Human Rights Watch spoke to 16 Syrian refugees who were smuggled into Turkey a year ago.

On Friday, at least two people were reportedly killed and 19 injured in attacks on Turkish towns near the border with Syria.

According to their accounts, 10 people were killed, including a child.

In a statement by the Turkish General Staff it said that a total of 538 terrorist targets were also hit since the beginning of the Operation Oliven Branch.

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He said in Shillong , "You will not see him (the PM) hug a poor person, talk to a poor person or even engage with a poor person". In 2015, taking potshots at Mr Modi's "expensive" suit, Mr Gandhi had called the government a "suit-boot ki sarkar".


Signs and banners included portraits of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who has been detained since 1999 on Imrali Prison Island off Istanbul.

Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin meanwhile told journalists in Istanbul that the operation was going as planned but there was no timetable for its duration and it would "continue until we clear all those areas".

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin over the phone, Turkish media reported.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on February 3 reiterated Turkey's stance that the country fully backed Syria's territorial integrity despite the launch of Afrin operation.

He also said Turkey was aware of some neighboring countries' unhappiness over the role Turkey was playing in Syria.


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