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Syrian military forces carried out artillery strikes on a Turkish positions

DAMASCUS, (BM) – Syrian government forces have violate the ceasefire and conducted artillery shelling at Turkish military post in Idlib, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Syrian news agency North-Press.

According the agency, yesterday (March 09) there was an artillery shelling between Syrian government forces and Turkish-backed forces in the area of Idlib and Aleppo provinces in north-west of Syria.

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A field source said to North-Press: “The Syrian government forces targeted a Turkish observation post in the vicinity of al-Mastumah camp in the southern countryside of Idlib with artillery shelling.”

The source added that the Syrian government artillery bombed the areas of (al-Muqbila, Qaminas, al-Nairab and Sarmin) in the southern and eastern Idlib countryside, and the locations of the armed opposition groups in Darat Izza in the western countryside of Aleppo with missiles.

In response, the Turkish forces retaliated by bombing the positions of the Syrian government forces, without any information regarding casualties, according to the source.

Also yesterday (March 09), a Turkish convoy consisting of fifty military vehicles including artillery and military equipment, crossed Kafr Lossin border point in northern Idlib, and headed towards the Turkish observation posts in the region.

Past two days both sides (Turkey and Russia) blame each other for violating ceasefire.

On March 5, the presidents of Russia and Turkey entered into an agreement according to which a ceasefire regime entered into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus was ready to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish summit talks was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale attack by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces managed to recapture almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and leave behind a number of Turkish observation posts. In this regard, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region, launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops, and increased support for the militants loyal to it.

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 military personnel killed, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, several dozen units of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down.

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