Syria Hospital Attacks Constitute War Crimes – Turkey

syriaA day after airstrikes brought down two hospitals in Syria, France and Turkey say the horrific attacks which killed several people constitutes war crimes.

The United Nations says up to 50 people have been killed in missile attacks on schools and hospitals in the region.

Turkey’s foreign ministry blames Russia for the attacks but Moscow is yet to respond to the allegations.

Meanwhile, Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, has cast doubt over plans to implement a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria.

Last week world powers agreed to work towards a selective truce in Syria, to begin later this week.

But in his first comments on the announcement, President Assad says such a ceasefire does not mean all the parties will put down their weapons.

Syria Hospitals Hit: At Least 22 Dead, 8 Missing

Syria hospitalTwo hospitals and a school building in northern Syria have been struck on Monday morning, leaving at least 22 people dead, and eight others missing.

Fifteen people were killed when a hospital and a school building that was housing displaced people were struck in Azaz, in Syria’s Aleppo province.

A hospital employee known as Moudhar told CNN that staff were evacuating the wounded after the first strike on the Women and Children’s Hospital when the complex and road were struck again. Women and children were among the dead, he said.

Another projectile hit a nearby school building housing displaced people, he added.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the strikes.

Speaking in Kiev, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, claimed Russia was responsible for the strikes in Azaz, which is close to the Turkish border. He also claimed Moscow had targeted the complex with ballistic missiles fired from the Caspian Sea.

The Kurdish anti-government forces had advanced from the west and have been fighting anti-government insurgents on the Of town, only a few kilometers away from the main Bab al Salam border crossing. The Syrian Army is advancing from the south.

Both the Kurds and the Army want to wrest control of that stretch of border with Turkey from the insurgents.

Russian bombing raids on rebel fighters are helping the Syrian Army to advance toward Aleppo, the country’s largest city and commercial center before the conflict. If the Army takes the city, it would be the Syrian government’s biggest victory of the war.

CCTV Footage Shows Paris Attack Suspect In Turkey

Suspects Wanted In Connection With Paris Terrorist Attacks French police have gotten hold of CCTV footage, purportedly showing the partner of the supermarket attacker in Paris, Amedy Coulibaly, in Turkey.

Hayat Boumeddiene was seen passing through passport control at the airport.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said she had arrived on January 2, before continuing to Syria six days later.

Boumeddiene’s partner, Coulibaly, had killed four people at a Kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday before police stormed the building.

He is also believed to have shot dead a policewoman the day before.

Turkey said it had not been asked to deny her access, as they need to receive intelligence first before tracking people.

Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said; “Is it Turkey’s fault that it has borders with Syria?”

This comes as France announced on Monday that it would be deploying 10,000 policemen to protect synagogues and mosques, and other sensitive areas, to boost security following last week’s attacks.

Boko Haram: Turkish Airlines Denies Carrying Weapons To Nigeria

Boko Terror Turkish AirlinesTurkish Airlines have denied carrying weapons and military equipment to Nigeria after a Twitter account behind a string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal released a voice recording suggesting it had done so.

The recording, whose authenticity has not been verified, is purportedly of a conversation between a senior Turkish Airlines employee and one of the advisers of Turkish Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan.

Part of the voice recording of an alleged Turkish Airlines official, goes, “Lots of material is on its way to Nigeria right now. Is it going to kill Muslims or Christians? I am sinning right now, you should know.”

The airline said in an e-mailed statement that it only carried weapons and military equipment in line with international law and International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations and that no weapons were carried to Nigeria.

Turkish Government Considers Banning Social Media Networks

Recep-Tayyip-ErdoganTurkish Prime Minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks – YouTube and Facebook – after a number of online leaks added momentum to a growing corruption scandal.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already tightened his government’s grip over the internet, generating criticism at home and abroad about rights in the country.

“There are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30 . . . including a ban on YouTube, Facebook, ” Erdogan told Private ATV television in an interview late on Thursday.

His ruling Justice and Development Party or AK Party, has come under mounting pressure since last week, when audio recordings were leaked in which Erdogan and his son allegedly discuss how to hide vast sums of money.

He dismissed them as a “vile” and “immoral” montage by rivals in the lead-up to crucial local elections on March 30.

A series of other online leaks showed Erdogan meddling in trade deals and court cases.

He has accused loyalists of Fethullah Gulen, an influential Muslim leader based in the US, of using his influence in the judiciary and police to engineer a high – level corruption investigation targeting the government since mid-December.

Gulen denies the charge.

Turkish Students Protest Against New Highway Opening

A protest against a controversial highway opening in Turkey breaks out in clashes.

Student protesters and riot police exchanged blows of fireworks and tear gas at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University.

The unrest has been ongoing for months as students protested against plans that involved building a road across the campus.

The plans allegedly involved uprooting a number of trees in the area.

At the highway’s opening ceremony, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan denied uprooting trees.

“Supposedly, we are cutting off the trees. We told them it wasn’t the case. On the contrary, we would plant even more trees as part of this project. But despite that, they didn’t change their attitude,” he said.