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WW3 ALERT: Turkey launches artillery strikes on ISIS

UN aid chief warns of ‘unparalleled’ catastrophe in Aleppo

Turkey shelled Islamic State positions in Syria on Tuesday for a second day, in response to mortar fire from across the border, Turkish media reported.

Two mortar rounds hit the southeastern Turkish town of Karkamis, close to the border and facing the Syrian town of Jarablus, which is held by IS, the CNN-Turk channel reported.

Turkish artillery hit four IS positions in Jarablus with around 60 shells at 6:30 am (0330 GMT), after shelling IS and Democratic Union Party (PYD) Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Monday evening.

The artillery exchanges come after a suicide bombing at a wedding in a Turkish city near the Syrian border at the weekend killed 54 people.

Turkey initially blamed the blast on a child bomber linked to IS, believing it was timed as retaliation for offensives by Kurdish militias and pro-Ankara Syrian opposition forces against IS in Syria.

But the goverment rowed back on Monday evening, with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim saying the early information was wrong and they “do not have a clue” who carried out the attack.

Turkey regards PYD as a terror group, though Washington, Ankara’s ally in the fight against IS, sees the Kurdish militias as having an important role in the fight.

This question, along with the thorny issue of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Turkey for last month’s failed coup, will be on the table when American Vice President Joe Biden visits Ankara for talks on Wednesday.

UN aid chief warns of ‘unparalleled’ catastrophe in Aleppo

Meanwhile, the United Nations’ top aid official voiced anger on Monday at world powers’ inability to agree on a truce to allow aid into Aleppo, warning of an “unparalleled” humanitarian catastrophe in the battleground Syrian city.

Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that plans were in place to quickly send 70 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo if all sides agreed on a truce.

“I’m not going to pretend. I’m angry, very angry,” O’Brien told council members holding their third meeting on the crisis in Aleppo this month.

“As the UN’s humanitarian chief, this callous carnage that is Syria has long since moved from the cynical to the sinful.”

O’Brien renewed his call for a 48-hour pause in fighting in Aleppo, where the violence escalated sharply in July when regime forces surrounded the rebel-held east.

Up to 275,000 people in eastern Aleppo have been almost entirely cut off from food, water, medicine and electricity for over a month, while 1.5 million people living in the west of the city also face severe shortages.

“In Aleppo, we risk seeing a humanitarian catastrophe unparalleled in the over five years of bloodshed and carnage in the Syrian conflict,” said O’Brien.

The war-torn nation’s second city “has become the apex of horror” for suffering Syrians, he said.

O’Brien welcomed the announcement


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