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Muslim, Western Nations Demand Russia to Halt Attacks on Syrian Civilians, Opposition

This image taken on Wednesday posted on the Twitter account of the Syrian volunteer search and rescue group Syria Civil Defence shows the aftermath of an airstrike in Talbiseh, Syria, by Russian warplanes, which killed dozens of civilians, with children among the dead. Syria Civil Defense/ AP
The statement by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, US, UK, France and Qatar warns “these military actions constitute a further escalation that will only fuel extremism and militancy”
NEW YORK (WAM) The governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Qatar and Turkey have demanded Russia to halt its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and focus on the fight against Daesh.

The text of the joint press statement in New York said, “We the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United States, France, Germany, Qatar, Turkey, and the United Kingdom we express our deep concern over the Russian military build-up in Syria, particularly the air strikes by Russian Air Force since yesterday in Hama, Homs and Idlib, which resulted in casualties among civilians and did not targeting Daesh.”

The statement, which was carried by Saudi Press Agency, added that “These military actions constitute a further escalation that will only fuel extremism and militancy.”

The statement concluded by saying, “We demand the Russian Federation to stop its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians immediately, and focus their efforts on the fight against Daesh organization.”

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