Dozens of civilians killed in Turkish shelling of al-Bab in Syria

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"Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Army General Valery Gerasimov expressed condolences to [Turkish] General Hulusi Akar in connection with the death of three Turkish soldiers operating in the area of the city of al-Bab as a result of unintentional strike by a Russian aircraft".

Al-Bab has been under IS control since 2014, when the group seized large swathes of territory in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, proclaiming its self-described caliphate.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey-backed forces had entered the centre of Al-Bab and that its capture was imminent.

Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul, said Al-Bab "is now besieged from all fronts".

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces have managed to wrest full control over an oil field from foreign-sponsored terrorists in the country's central province of Homs. "They retreated towards the Turkish side of the border", a YPJ officer told ARA News.

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The newspaper said that the zone was like the demilitarised "Green Line" in Cyprus, created in the 1970s between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities.

In addition, 194 Daesh targets - including the terror group's shelters, headquarters, defense positions, and vehicles - were hit by Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters with Turkish army support, said a Turkish General Staff statement.

On August 24, 2016, the Turkish Air Force and special ground forces kicked off Operation Euphrates Shield inside Syria in a declared bid to rid the border area of Daesh terrorists and fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The corridor has been set up to the south of the town and is anything from 500 metres to one kilometre wide.

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