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France says Turkey, Iran violating international law in Syria

From Reuters - February 7, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - Frances foreign minister on Wednesday demanded that all Iranian-backed militia, including Lebanons Hezbollah, leave Syria and said that Turkey and Iran were violating international law through their actions in the country.

Speaking on BFM television, Jean-Yves Le Drian also said there were indications Syrian government forces were using toxic gas against civilians although the U.N. would need to confirm that.

Asked whether he wanted Turkish armed forces to withdraw from Syria, Le Drian replied that he wanted the withdrawal of all of those who ought not to be in Syria, including Iranian militia, including Hezbollah.

While not specifically calling for Turkey to pull back from its offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, he said that Ankara should not worsen the conflict.

Ensuring the security of its borders does not mean killing civilians and that should be condemned. In a dangerous situation in Syria, (Turkey) should not add war to war.

International law is being violated by Turkey, by the Damascus regime, by Iran and those who are attacking eastern Ghouta and Idlib, he said. His remarks amount to Frances toughest line yet on Turkeys involvement in the Syrian conflict.

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