A bomb blast killed dozens in Syria, Turkish troops attacked terrorists
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Dozens of people died due to an explosion in Syrian Afrin, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Turkish Ministry of Defense statement on Twitte.
At least 40 people were killed and 47 more injured. According to preliminary data, a tanker filled with explosives exploded. The militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party and the People’s Self-Defense Forces (YPG / PKK) were accused of the attack.
Earlier, Turkish troops went on the offensive in Syria, attacking the positions of militants in the area of the M4 highway near the village of Nairab in Idlib province. Several airstrikes were recorded at the strongholds of the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham group.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came 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 would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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