Russian soldiers have been wounded in a Turkish air strike in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – In Syria, two Russian servicemen were injured as a result of a Turkish drone airstrike, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Kurdish news agency ANHA.
The publication published a photograph showing a man of Slavic appearance with a bandaged hip. He is helped by a man with a bulletproof vest hanging on his shoulder like that of the Russian military.
Nearby is also a man dressed and equipped as a Russian soldier. According to sources from the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights from the scene, one of the wounded is a driver.
According to SOHR, the incident occurred in the area of the focal point of Russia and the “Democratic Forces of Syria” (DSS) in the village of al-Darbasiya in the Syrian province of Hasek.
The village is located directly on the north-eastern border of Syria and Turkey. Judging by the current map of military operations in Syria, this territory is under the complete control of Kurdish formations, there are no nearby locations for militants.
Despite the ceasefire in northwestern Syria, military operations and terrorist attacks continue in the territories controlled by the Syrian Kurds in the north and northeast of the country.
So, on July 15, in Rakka, which is occupied by the DSS, three bombs exploded near the building of the so-called DSS prosecutor’s office.
Russian soldiers were also injured in an attack a few days ago
The next attack on the Russian military with a car bomb led to the loss of Russian armored vehicles and injured at least three Russian troops, we reported on July 14.
The incident occurred at the time of the next joint Russian-Turkish patrol of Idlib province, while a video camera recorded what happened.
In the presented video frames, you can see how two head vehicles with the Turkish military freely pass the congress, however, as soon as a Russian armored car appears in this area, a powerful explosion occurs – according to analysts, we are talking about power equivalent to 80-100 kilograms of TNT.
At least three seriously injured Russian servicemen are reported (the Russian Ministry of Defense has not yet confirmed this information – approx. Ed.).
The attack on the Russian-Turkish military patrol occurred in the area of the city of Arikh, and, obviously, this attack by pro-Turkish terrorists will force Russia to abandon further compliance with the agreements on creating a de-escalation zone in Idlib.
Information on the number of injured among local residents is not disclosed, however, given the fact that the explosion occurred in urban areas, the number of such can be in the tens.
Turkey continues hostilities in Syria
The shelling of the Syrian Arab Republic army’s positions in the south of Idlib province was carried out by the Turkish military as we reported on July 4.
The report said that on July 2, 2020, the Turkish military, who were stationed north of the city of Kafr Nabla, fired on the positions of the Syrian army, and victims were avoided among the soldiers and officers of the Syrian army.
Before the shelling, units of the Syrian army shelled opposition forces in the area of this post. Nobody was going to shoot specifically at the Turkish military. The target was jihadist units.
The report emphasizes that the Turkish forces are constantly attacking units of the Syrian army from positions that are close to the positions of the Turkish military. Return fire almost always leads to skirmishes with the Turkish military.
The report said that Turkey has introduced an additional contingent of troops to the province. This could result in casualties from Turkish forces from accidental artillery hits.
Recall, on June 14, 2020, the Syrian Republic aviation destroyed a convoy of cars on the road between the cities of Deir – Sunbul and El-Baraa. In the column were fighters of the Huras ad Din group, branches of Al-Qaeda.
Turkish-backed forces continue to launch artillery attacks on SDF and SAA positions in Syria
Turkish-backed forces launched a missile attack on Syria Arab Army position on June 18 early in the morning and targeted SAA positions near Tel Rifaat from Marea as we reported according local sources.
According to them there were no casualties. SAA responded with a short shelling of their own.
At the same time in northern Syria the Turkish-backed forces hit Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] positions in Kizali village, west of Tel Abyad, with artillery shells. No casualties were reported.
War in Syria
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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