Ankara: No less than 33 Turkish troopers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian “regime forces” within the war-torn nation’s Idlib area, a senior Turkish official has stated.
Whereas Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Turkey’s Hatay province, put the toll at 33, the UK-based the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, stated no less than 34 Turkish troops had been killed in Thursday night’s air strike, the BBC reported.
The wounded have been introduced again to Turkey for therapy, Dogan added.
Turkey retaliated towards Syrian authorities targets after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held an pressing top-level safety assembly in Ankara late Thursday.
Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and senior Turkish navy commanders instantly went to the Syrian border to direct a wave of floor and air assaults towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
“All known” Syrian authorities targets had been below hearth by Turkish air and land assist models, Ankara’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun was quoted by state information company Anadolu as saying.
Turkey had determined to “respond in kind” to the assault, Altun added.
The event comes amid the Russia-backed Syrian forces making an attempt to retake Idlib from rebels who’re supported by Turkish troopers.
President Erdogan needs the Syrian authorities forces to drag again from positions the place Turkey has arrange navy statement posts and earlier threatened to assault them if they didn’t halt their advance, the BBC stated within the reported.
However Syria’s authorities and Russia have rejected his demand to drag again to ceasefire traces agreed in 2018.
Russia has additionally accused Turkey of violating the 2018 ceasefire by backing rebels with artillery hearth.