The Russian military said Saturday that the three countries fired 103 cruise missiles including Tomahawk missiles at Syria but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 of them.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday: “If the regime is entering there to cleanse the PKK and PYD, then there are no problems”. The PKK is the Kurdish group mounting an insurgency in Turkey. The PYD is an influential Syrian Kurdish political party.
The party – the YPG’s political affiliate – urged the United Nations to take immediate action to turn Kurdish-led parts of northern and eastern Syria into a safe zone. “The Turkish regime…has become a threat to any solution to the Syrian crisis,” it added.