France: Syrian regime, Turkey must halt airstrikes in Aleppo region

France has called for an immediate end to all Syrian regime and Turkish airstrikes in northern Syria and the region around Aleppo, the French Foreign Ministry announced Sunday.

The French statement comes as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces - backed by Russian airstrikes - pushed ahead with an offensive against rebels in the northern province of Aleppo this weekend, where the army has made large advances recently.

Turkey should specifically stop shelling Kurdish forces in the region, the French ministry said.

At least two Kurd-led Democratic Forces of Syria (DFS) fighters have been killed and seven injured in the last day as Turkish forces shelled positions in the north of the country, Britain-based watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday.

The United States, an ally of Turkey, has also called on Ankara to stop the shelling and focus on fighting Islamic State.

Last update: Sun, 14/02/2016 - 19:32

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