UN Security Council will hold an emergency session on the violence in northwestern Syria at 4 p.m. on Friday, amid fears that Russia and Turkey are drawing closer to a military confrontation.

Belgium’s ambassador to the UN Marc Pecsteen told reporters in New York that clashes between Syrian regime and Turkish forces were “very concerning” and called for “de-escalation and a ceasefire”.

“The escalation is very very concerning and so that’s why I think this urgent meeting is requested. It’s going to be made by several members of the council … the EU members plus the UK, the

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