Turkey Detains Medical Association Members over Syria Offensive Criticism

Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın

The Kurdish proposal provides for "the return of Syrian border guards and the raising of the Syrian flag at the border to reassure the Turks", said Ahed Al-Hendi, a senior adviser to the Kurdish administration.

"We go through great measures to deconflict", he said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Artyom Kozhin told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the conference is being delayed but "will start soon". The US has mostly just ignored those warnings.

The Sochi gathering has also been overshadowed by reports of intense clashes that erupted on a strategic hilltop in northwestern Syria as Kurdish forces tried to enter the area a day after it was captured by Turkish troops.

The Turkish assault on Afrin has exposed the ambivalence of the relationship between the Kurds and Assad, who does not see the minority as a direct threat but resents their emancipation.

A Turkish prosecutor ordered the detention of the head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) and 10 other leaders of the doctors' union on Tuesday, Reuters said. It said prosecutors had issued warrants for 11 members of the association.

Turkey, which considers the YPG to be a terrorist organisation, has called on Washington to end its military support for the group and to pull back from the Manbij region where some of its troops are stationed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the union of treason on January 29 and more than 300 people have since been detained for social media posts criticizing the military operation in Afrin.

Turkey′s military incursion into the Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian canton of Afrin - launched on 20 January under the slighting codename Operation Olive Branch - ought to have taken no-one by surprise.

Naki shared a video on social media on Sunday calling for participation in a rally in the German city of Cologne to protest against Turkey's military offensive into northern Syria's Afrin region.

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