Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

Turkey has long fought Kurdish unrest in the southeastern part of the country.

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, according to the text seen by AFP on Friday.

Eastern Ghouta, which lies east of the capital, has been besieged since 2013.

The Kremlin, in its statement after the call, said the two leaders discussed cooperating more closely to resolve the almost eight-year-old conflict.

UN Human Rights Chief HH Prince Zeid on Saturday accused Syrian forces of carrying out "no-holds-barred" military offensives. Three died of wounds suffered on Wednesday.

A monitoring group reports seven fighters and two civilians were killed in the strikes on Thursday. "They don't know where to go", said Siraj Mahmoud, a spokesman with the Civil Defence rescue service in the rebel pocket, whose population is estimated at 350,000.

The Save the Children charity said children in the area were being "starved, bombed and trapped".

"Our partners are having a hard time moving around, so how can they reach vulnerable people?" said Joelle Basoul, CARE International's Syria communications director.

"There must be an immediate halt to the fighting and an end to the siege".

"The past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict, with wave after wave of deadly airstrikes leading to civilian casualties in areas of Eastern Ghouta and Idlib", Zeid said in a strongly worded statement.

"Now they are saying that they will keep their presence till they make sure a steady process of a political settlement in Syria starts, which will result in regime change", the minister said during a conference in Sochi, stressing that the U.S. has "plans of virtual division of Syria".

Recent attempts to bring the conflict's protagonists and brokers to the table have floundered, but the United Nations made a fresh call this week for conflicting sides to halt fighting. "That is not realistic", Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters.

But the agency later tweeted that the helicopter was downed in Syria itself, citing the Turkish prime minister, Binali Yildirim.

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