Erdogan tells Putin of concerns on Syria attack

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his concerns to Russia’s Vladimir Putin over a suspected poison gas attack in Syria.

Officials from the Turkish president’s office say the two leaders spoke by phone on Monday during which Erdogan also emphasized the “importance of working together to prevent civilian deaths and supply humanitarian aid.”

Syrian opposition activists and local rescuers said on Sunday that the suspected attack from the previous day against the last remaining foothold of the rebels in the eastern suburbs of Damascus killed at least 40 people.

The officials from Erdogan’s office provided the information on condition of anonymity under regulations.

—Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey;