Several rockets fall in Turkey, Ankara has notified Moscow
ANKARA, (BM) – In its official Twitter account, the Turkish Defense Ministry said two rockets fired from Syrian territory had landed in the Turkish province of Kilis. The region locates on the border between Turkey and Syria.
“Rockets determined to be fired from Syria fell on an empty field in Kilis. No citizens were injured, and no damage or loss occurred in the incident,” the ministry said on Twitter. “A notification was sent to the RF [Russian Federation] side to stop the shooting, and the determined targets were immediately put under fire,” the statement added.
So far, there is no information about victims, but sources say that the two rockets have fallen into an empty field in the province of Kilis. No organization has claimed responsibility for the missiles fired. Ankara has warned Turkish troops in the region, and it is currently under tight control.
According to locals and social media users, two shells fell in the province of Kilis.
This attack is not the first on the Turkish province
ISIL / Daesh fired nearly 70 rockets in 2016 in Kilis. Then 21 people died. This terrorist activity was one of the main reasons for Turkey to join the civil war in Syria. In recent years, the Turkish military has managed to expel terrorist groups from border areas, thus ensuring the Turkish border’s security.
The Turkish news agency Anadolu recalls that since 2016, Ankara has carried out three successful anti-terrorist operations in northern Syria. Anatolia remembers that the three operations are the Euphrates Shield (2016), the Olive Branch (2018), and the Peace Spring (2019).
War in Syria
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, 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, agreed that 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 use power.
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 several 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. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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