Turkey shells targets in Syria despite new diplomatic push

BEIRUT — While the Turkish military fired on targets in Syria on Friday, the governments of Turkey and Germany threw their weight behind calls for a Syrian ceasefire during a Muslim holiday next week, and the international envoy for the conflict arrived in Damascus to push for the plan.

The effort has taken on urgency after activists in recent days reported some of the heaviest air bombardments by President Bashar Assad’s military against rebel-held areas.

The renewal of cross-border fire, however, cast some doubt on the potential efficacy of a diplomatic push. According to a Reuters report, Friday’s shelling by the Turkish military was in retaliation for two Syrian shells that landed in Turkish territory earlier in the day.

Full article: Turkey shells targets in Syria despite new diplomatic push (The Times of Israel)

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