France calls for opening of humanitarian corridors in Syria

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"Local monitoring groups are reporting that just today, 21 people were killed and 125 others injured, including women and children", Ruth says. I don't think many Americans really want the U.S. Air Force to engage in combat with the Russian air force over northwest Syria.

"All this [bombing] is resulting in increased pressure on medical facilities", Khalil, head of Idlib's health directorate said.

Meanwhile, the BBC reported that Syrian Kurdish fighters captured the last two members of an Islamic State cell that, according to US officials, had beheaded over 27 Western hostages.

The clash marked a fresh escalation between Washington, which has threatened the regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons, and Damascus, which labelled the latest incident in eastern Syria a "war crime".

On Wednesday, Syrian air defense systems intercepted an Israeli air attack on a military position near Damascus, the Syria military said.

But on Wednesday, as we reported, regime-backed forces attacked Syrian opposition troops, accompanied by USA advisers. The Syrian government was accused of using chemical weapons more than 175 times.

The airstrikes on civilian residential areas killed 19 in Arbin, 17 in Jisrin, 2 in Zamalka, 3 in Sabka, 3 in Misraba, 7 in Hamuriya, 1 in Bayt Sava and another in Madyara neighborhoods, the sources told agencies.

Envoys from the United Nations have called for the ending of the hostilities between government forces and rebel factions to facilitate the evacuation of the wounded and the sick and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

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Nebenzya also denied the information that Russian Federation had "blocked" the statement on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia said Thursday that the proposed ceasefire is "not realistic", Agence France-Presse reported.

A Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighter is seen in the eastern suburbs of al-Bab, Syria February 8, 2018.

Syria's state media said the coalition bombed government-backed troops in Khusham, describing them as tribal fighters.

"This was the highest civilian toll in Syria in almost nine months, and one of the bloodiest days for Eastern Ghouta in several years", the head of the Britain-based monitoring group told AFP, in reference to February 6. With its current policy, Ford says sanctions that hinder Russia's military might be the best USA option. She said the goal is to allow humanitarian aid and medical care to flow to more than 700 civilians in eastern Ghouta.

Meanwhile, Turkish officials said the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Istanbul to discuss peace efforts for Syria.

The officials said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to the summit during a telephone call on Thursday. It was not immediately clear when the Istanbul meeting would take place.

It is estimated that 400,000 people are trapped in Eastern Ghouta, and its people suffer severe shortages of food, fuel, and medicines. The official spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

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