Turkish Observation Post Was Attacked in Syria; UN Asks Russia About Bombed Hospitals

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on June 28 in last 12 hours from BulgarianMilitary.com news team:

Attacks on Turkish observation post in Syria’s Idlib kill soldier – ministry

One Turkish soldier was killed and three others were wounded on Thursday when their observation post in Syria’s Idlib region was attacked by shelling and mortar fire, Reuters reported.

The attacks were launched from territory controlled by Syrian government forces and were judged to have been carried out deliberately, the ministry said in a statement. The wounded were evacuated and they have begun to receive treatment, it added.

The ministry said Russia’s Ankara attache was summoned to military headquarters in connection with the attacks and was told that the attacks will be “punished in the strongest way”.

The Turkish military subsequently opened fire on the Syrian government forces’ positions from where the attacks were launched, the ministry later said.

Similar attacks were carried out on Turkish observation posts in the region earlier this month. After the previous attack, the Turkish military retaliated with heavy weapons.

UN asks Russia for answers about bombed Syria hospitals

The UN’s aid chief has asked Russia to explain how it uses data on the location of Syrian hospitals and clinics following a string of attacks on health facilities, AlJazeera reported.

Mark Lowcock, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council he was “not sure” hospitals that share coordinates of their location under a UN de-confliction system will be protected.

More than 23 hospitals have been hit by attacks since Russia-backed Syrian forces launched an offensive in the rebel-controlled Idlib region in late April, according to the UN.

On June 20, an ambulance transporting a wounded woman in southern Idlib was hit, killing the woman and three medical workers.

“I have written to the Russian Federation to request information as to how the details provided through the de-confliction mechanism are used,” Lowcock told the council.

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Source: Reuters, AlJazeera