At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in an airstrike by Syrian government forces in the northwestern Syrian city, Idlib, a senior Turkish official has said.
The rapid escalation of the conflict on Friday also threatened another refugee crisis as media quoted Turkish officials as saying that they “opened the doors” for Syrian refugees to transit freely to Europe. Russia, meanwhile, said Ankara failed to inform it that Turkish troops were fighting alongside rebels in Idlib.
According to Russian state television, Turkish military specialists were using shoulder missiles to try to kill Russian and Syrian military aircraft over Idlib.
“The Assad regime represents a threat to our national security, the region, and Europe since it began acting like a criminal network terrorizing its own citizens,” Fahrettin Altun, the head of Turkey’s presidential communications department, told Al Jazeera.
Rhami Dogan, the governor of Turkey’s Hatay province bordering Syria’s Idlib region, said 32 wounded troops were being treated in hospitals. Turkey has had 54 soldiers killed in Idlib since the beginning of February.
The governor of the Turkish province of Hatay, Rhami Dogan said that 32 wounded soldiers were being treated in hospitals. Turkey has had 54 soldiers killed in Idlib since the beginning of February.
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28 March, 2020