The Russian Defense Ministry announced yesterday that the Syrian state forces have taken full control of the city of Manbij and its environs. Italy and Britain announced a suspension of arms sales to Turkey, and called on China and Germany to stop the Turkish military operation.
The Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, reiterated Saudi Arabia's condemnation of Turkey's aggression against northeastern Syria and the threat it poses to regional peace and security. The Council reviewed the contents of the final decision of the emergency meeting of the Arab League Council at the level of foreign ministers, demanding the UN Security Council to take the necessary measures to stop the Turkish aggression, and the need to adopt the political path as a single way to settle Meh.
Diplomatic sources said that members of the UN Security Council requested a new closed meeting that may be held today, on the Turkish military attack in Syria, and requested the meeting to be held Belgium, Germany, France, Poland and Britain. The first meeting of the Council ended last Thursday, divisions in the Council, and the issuance of a statement from Only the Europeans demanded a halt to the Turkish offensive, and Russia and China blocked a text submitted by the United States that also called for a halt to Turkish operations in Syria.
The US-led coalition announced yesterday that its forces would leave Manbij the day after Syrian forces entered the country, under an agreement with Kurdish fighters, in line with Washington's decision to withdraw US troops from northern and northeastern Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced yesterday that the Syrian state forces have taken full control of the city of Manbij, and 1000 square kilometers around it, pointing out that Russian forces continue to patrol border areas along the border line between the Syrian and Turkish forces.
Moscow indicated that its forces are patrolling along the "contact line" between the Syrian army and Turkish forces located near the city, stressing that it will not allow confrontations between the two sides, while the official Syrian news agency (SANA), that the Syrian army units entered the city of Manbij.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was able to regain the entire city of Ras al-Ain, near the border with Turkey, in the context of the opposite attack started by «SDF», yesterday evening, after fierce clashes with Turkish forces and armed loyalists In the area.
On the other hand, the Russian special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiyev, said that Russia will not allow confrontations between the Turkish and Syrian armies. "Therefore, we will not allow things to reach this extent," he said, adding that Turkish and Syrian officials are in contact to avoid any conflict, and negotiations are under way.
US Vice President Mike Pence told reporters at the White House that US President Donald Trump had asked his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a phone call yesterday to "end the invasion of Syria and declare an immediate ceasefire." Pence that Trump also asked Erdogan to enter into negotiations with Kurdish forces in Syria.
Pence's statement followed the announcement by the US Treasury Department that President Trump has imposed sanctions on Turkey, including two ministries and three ministers, to force Ankara to immediately end its military offensive against Kurdish factions in northeastern Syria.
The sanctions included the ministries of defense and energy and the ministers of energy, defense and interior, who have been barred from entering the United States, and from any international financial transaction in US dollars, and their money in the United States, if any, has been frozen, the ministry said in a statement.
Pence's statement came after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued a statement strongly condemning the Turkish military attack, calling it "unacceptable."
China has called on Turkey to stop its military operation against the Kurds in northern Syria and return to the right path of political solution. "The sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria must be respected and preserved," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel again called on Turkey to end the military operation in northern Syria, and said yesterday after meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Berlin that this process clearly brings with it a lot of human suffering.
Merkel expressed her satisfaction with the strong condemnation of the military operation by all EU member states, at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg yesterday, and said: «I am happy that there was unity in the situation».
Merkel said that the issue should also be discussed within NATO, which belongs to Turkey, and the chancellor did not talk about whether there are possible consequences within NATO for Turkey's behavior.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in a joint statement, expressed their deep concern over the situation in northern Syria during a meeting in London and called for an end to the Turkish military operation, British Foreign Secretary Dominique said. RAP, yesterday, suspended arms exports to Turkey, which could be used in the Turkish attack.
The French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, said that Turkey and the United States bear a very great responsibility, regarding the situation in northeastern Syria, and in the region in general.
The Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo, that his country would ban arms exports to Turkey, because of its attack on the Kurds in northern Syria, and told parliament: «resolve the Syrian crisis must be diplomatic, not military».
On the other hand, Turkey confirmed yesterday, it will continue its military operation in northeastern Syria «with or without the support of the world», according to the Director of Communication in the Turkish Presidency, Fakhruddin Alton, told «AFP», while Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan In an article published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, France, against the backdrop of its decision to suspend the sale of weapons to Turkey, may be used as part of the attack on Syria.
Turkey may be held responsible for arbitrary executions carried out by an armed group linked to it against a number of Kurdish fighters and a politician, said to have appeared in social media videos over the weekend, the UN Human Rights Office said on Thursday.
A spokesman for the office, Robert Colville, told a press briefing in Geneva that the office had taken footage depicting the killings near Manbij. "Turkey may be considered a state responsible for the abuses of its groups, as long as it exercises effective control over these groups," Colville said.
The Kurdish self-administration announced that international aid organizations had suspended their work and withdrew their staff from northeastern Syria, warning of the humanitarian repercussions.
Britain and Italy suspend the sale of weapons to Turkey .. China and Germany demand to stop Ankara's attack on northern Syria.