Italy summons Turkish envoy over Syria offensive: official

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio called for an end to unilateral actions. (File photo: AFP)

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Thursday summoned the Turkish ambassador over Ankara’s ongoing offensive in northern Syria, a statement said.

The ministry called for an end to unilateral actions and recalled that the only lasting solution to the crisis in war-wracked Syria was through the United Nations.

Turkey’s intervention has sparked international anger, raising fears of a new refugee crisis in northern Syria and concern that thousands of jihadists being held in Syrian Kurdish prisons could use the opportunity to escape.

The Turkish military, supported by Syrian proxies, launched the offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, despite widespread international warnings.

After an initial phase of airstrikes and artillery fire, troops moved across the border and attacked some of the key towns in the area.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00