Syria said it repels the attack in Idlib, a missile was aimed to Su-24
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian military repelled an attack by the armed opposition in the province of Idlib, which, according to some sources, was supported by the Turkish army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Lenta.ru and citing the state agency SANA.
Details are not given.
A Su-24 front-line bomber in the sky over Idlib province in Syria was fired from a portable anti-aircraft missile system, but was able to avoid a missile hit. The video was posted on Twitter by Syrian journalist Mohammed Gorab.
Who owns the plane is not specified. Such bombers are both at the disposal of the Russian air group in Syria, and as part of the Republican Air Force, but it is known that the Russian air forces in recent days have been especially active in Idlib and Aleppo. Al-Masdar News writes about the belonging of the bomber to the Russian forces.
The attack undertaken by the Turkish army and its loyal militants in Idlib was reported earlier on February 20. The rebels went on the offensive in the area of the village of Nairab, they were supported by Turkish tanks and artillery. According to preliminary information, two Syrian tanks were shot down, two more units of armored vehicles were captured. A Russian fighter was seen in the sky above the clash area.
It is assumed that after the capture of Nairab, the rebels and the Turkish military intend to take control of the city of Sarakib, located seven kilometers to the east. In early February, this settlement was taken by the Syrian army along with the M5 highway, control over which allows free passage through all of Syria.
As a result of the offensive in January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone, leaving behind Turkish observation posts.
The advance of government forces outraged Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if by the end of February the Syrian troops were not withdrawn from the line of posts, then the Turkish army would begin a military operation.
Russia, which has expressed support for the actions of Damascus in Idlib, is trying to resolve the situation through negotiations, but the parties have not yet been able to agree.
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