Syria on Wednesday rejected calls for the creation of buffer zones on its territory, saying it would treat any such bid as an act of aggression.

download (4)Last week, French President Francois Hollande called for a buffer zone between Syria and Turkey to protect civilians displaced by the Islamic State militant group’s advance on the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria.

Turkey, an ally of opposition fighters seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is also pushing for such a buffer zone.

But on Wednesday, in a reference to Russia and Iran, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said: “Syria will take the necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity after consultations with its friends.

“The Syrian people … will not allow anyone to interfere in their affairs,” the ministry statement carried by official news agency SANA said.

“Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on Syrian land constitute a flagrant violation of the principles and objectives of the UN charter,” it said.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition against the Islamic State carried out further airstrikes on Wednesday in an attempt to halt the extremists’ advance into Kobane, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

US and Arab warplanes took part in at least eight air raids against the Islamic State’s targets in and around Kobane, the Britain-based watchdog reported.



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