Foreign Ministry to UN: Turkish Shelling of Syria ‘Directly Supports’ Terrorists

Ministry says Ankara's actions have demonstrated the Turkish government's violations of UNSC resolutions related to combating terrorism

Syria’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Turkey’s repeated attacks on the Syrian people and its transgression into Syrian territory.

“Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist organizations,” the ministry said in written statements to the UN Secretary General and the chairman of the Security Council.

The remarks were referring to shelling by Turkish artillery targeting Syrian Kurds and Syrian army sites.

The attack was launched on Saturday afternoon, February 13, and also targeted the civilian populated villages of Maranaz, Malkieh, Minnegh, Ein Daqneh and Bazi, according to the letters.

The shelling came in response to the Syrian army’s advances on military fronts in the northern countryside of Aleppo and in a bid to boost the morale of armed terrorist organizations, the ministry said.

The letters also cited Turkish attacks in other Syrian areas on the same day, saying that 12 vehicles mounted with mounted weapons entered Syria from the Turkish border across Bab al-Salameh crossing.

The ministry noted that the vehicles were accompanied by 100 gunmen, some of them believed to be Turkish soldiers and Turkish mercenaries.

The Turkish attacks, the letters said, were coupled with statements by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirming Turkey’s blatant intervention in the Syrian affair and the continued Turkish support to Nusra Front, the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement and other Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organizations.

These statements, the ministry said, officially demonstrated the Turkish government's premeditated violations of the Security Council’s resolutions related to combating terrorism.

The letters stressed that Syria maintains its legitimate right to respond to the Turkish aggression and to claim compensation for the damages.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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