Syria and monitoring group blast Turkey over civilian deaths

The Syrian government and an opposition monitoring group condemned Friday what they call Turkey's "crimes" against the Syrian people in the northern town of al-Bab that is controlled by the Islamic State group, as a top Turkish military official said most of the town is under control of allied opposition fighters.

Turkish troops and allied opposition fighters have been on the offensive in al-Bab for weeks to recapture it from IS, a battle that has killed hundreds of civilians so far.

On Feb. 7, the Turkish offensive on the town intensified in an attempt to capture it from the extremists but the push has been slow because of fierce resistance from IS fighters.

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