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Syria’s Assad warns Turkey, Saudi: Sending troops into Syria will not be a ‘picnic’

Assad said, "Cease-fires occur between armies and states, but never between a state and terrorists."

By: AP | Updated: February 16, 2016 12:30 pm
Syria, Russia, Syria airstrikes, Syria bombing, Russia Syria, Syria Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria war, Syria news Syrian President Bashar Assad said, “They say that they want a cease-fire within a week. All right, who will talk to a terrorist organization if it refuses to cease fire? Who will punish it?” (AP photo)

Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning Turkey and Saudi Arabia that any ground incursion into Syria will have “global repercussions” and says sending in troops will not be a “picnic.”

Commenting on the agreement reached last week among the U.S., Russia and other world powers for a temporary cessation of hostilities in Syria, Assad said, “Cease-fires occur between armies and states, but never between a state and terrorists.”

“They say that they want a cease-fire within a week. All right, who will talk to a terrorist organization if it refuses to cease fire? Who will punish it?’ he asked.

READ: Missile attacks kill 50 as schools, hospitals hit; Turkey accuses Russia

Assad spoke in Damascus late Monday during a meeting with members of the Bar Association. The comments were his first since the agreement on Friday to bring about a temporary pause in fighting within a week.


France’s new foreign minister has issued a statement in which he has “firmly” condemned the bombing of a hospital in northern Syria run by Doctors Without Borders.

Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday that attacks like these, in which six patients and a hospital employee were killed, are “unacceptable and must stop immediately.”

He said that they “could constitute war crimes.” Ayrault, who was given the post of foreign minister last week following the departure of Laurent Fabius, said that countries should work to guarantee the delivery of humanitarian assistance in all troubled areas of Syria.

Turkey on Monday accused Russia of an “obvious war crime” after missile attacks in northern Syria killed scores of people, and warned Kurdish militia fighters there they would face the “harshest reaction” if they tried to capture a town near the Turkish border.

An offensive supported by Russian bombing and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias has brought the Syrian army to within 25 km (15 miles) of Turkey’s frontier. The Kurdish YPG militia – which Turkey regards as a hostile insurgent force – has exploited the situation, seizing ground from Syrian rebels to extend its presence along the border.

Almost 50 civilians were killed when missiles hit at least five medical facilities and two schools in rebel-held areas of Syria on Monday, according to the United Nations, which called the attacks a blatant violation of international law.

At least 14 were killed in the northern town of Azaz, the last rebel stronghold before the border with Turkey, when missiles hit a children’s hospital and a school sheltering refugees, a medic and two residents said. Missiles also hit a hospital in the town of Marat Numan in the province of Idlib, south of Aleppo.

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  1. A
    Feb 17, 2016 at 7:03 am
    If not about the religion means, why are you talking about Islam and Prophet (pbuh). Islam and Prophet (pbuh) are perfect, but the followers may not. Every community having good and bad people. Name sake muslims can do "N' number of things in the name of Islam, that does not means Islam preaches that. You have to read Quran and authentic Hadith to understand Islam. War is happening in all over world is because of politics. Please understand this simple reason. Dont link this with Islam
    1. Navneet Sarin
      Feb 16, 2016 at 4:32 am
      Its time when good teaching can be given to Saudis and Turkey Isis supporting nations by Syrian and Iranian forces. If Saudis send troops Syria have all rights to attack them in side their home.
      1. R
        Feb 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm
        Abdul Provide proof? Why don't you spend time learning, reading of the barbaric Muhammad and his lineage? It is not about the religion, but the brutality of the founders.. For a pre historic Saudi Arabia and its Turkish ally to venture in to the neighboring country would mark the beginning of the bad elements of Islam. amd also, will eventually bring in North Korea (why not? if all and sundry can join the party, North Korea with its military might SHOULD). It is not exclusive right of the NATO, Russians, Saudi, Turkish, Iranian - North Korea should get involved to provide balance and equity.
        1. Y
          Feb 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm
          let them kill each other they like it better that way...
          1. L
            Feb 16, 2016 at 3:58 am
            It is the US, Turkey and SA who armed and financed the rebels and terrorists in Syria. That's the truth. Don't expect honest from the west. They will be trying to demonize Russia now for stopping their plans for government change in Syria.
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