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Interviewed on Turkey’s ATV television late Thursday, Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, said some images coming out of Syria were “unpalatable” and suggested Ankara could support a U.N. Security Council decision against Syria.

He criticized Assad’s brother, Maher, who is believed to command some troops in the Jisr al-Shughour operation, and is also in charge of the elite Republican Guard, whose job is to protect the government.

“I say this clearly and openly, from a humanitarian point of view, his brother is not behaving in a humane manner. And he is chasing after savagery,” Erdogan said.

Associated Press writers Albert Aji in the Jisr al-Shughour area and Selcan Hacaoglu in Yayladagi, Turkey, contributed to this report.