January 20, 2018 / 6:34 PM / 7 months ago

Syrian government says was not told of Turkey's Afrin strike - state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government condemned Turkish air strikes against the Afrin region on Saturday and said Ankara had not informed it of the military operation, state media said.

Smoke rises from the Syria's Afrin region, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Hassa, on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province, Turkey January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Damascus “strongly condemns this brutal Turkish aggresion on Afrin which is an intrinsic part of Syrian land,” state media cited an official source in the foreign ministry as saying.

Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s war on Saturday, striking Kurdish-held Afrin and raising the prospect of deeper strains between Ankara and NATO ally Washington.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by Alexander Smith

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