DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Turkish military began to strike at the positions of the Syrian military in response to the shelling of their soldiers in Idlib province, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Lenta.ru and Anadolu agency.
This is stated in a statement by the administration of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan following an emergency meeting in Ankara, reports TASS.
“With the support of our military, air and land attacks were launched against the positions of the regime [of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad], and we will continue to strike further,” the administration said. They also called on participants in the Astana process and the entire international community to “stop crimes against humanity.”
This is an attack on a Turkish convoy in the Jebel al-Zawiya region, which was reported the day before, on February 27. Provincial Governor Hatay Rahmi Dogan later said that at least 22 soldiers were killed as a result of the shelling. According to other sources, at least 30 Turkish soldiers were killed.
As a result of the offensive in January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind Turkish observation posts. This outraged Ankara, and Erdogan said that if by the end of February the Syrian troops did not withdraw from the line of posts, the Turkish army would begin a military operation.
Russia, which supports the actions of Damascus in Idlib, is trying to resolve the situation through negotiations, but the parties have not yet been able to agree.
UN Secretary General António Guterres addressed the parties to the conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib, calling on all parties to immediately ceasefire, reports TASS.
Spokesman for the Secretary General Stefan Dujarric said that Guterres with great concern over the escalation of the conflict in northwestern Syria. According to him, the Secretary General is concerned about the deaths of dozens of Turkish military. He also worries that there is a risk of death of local residents as a result of airstrikes, the representative of the Secretary General added.
Earlier, spokesman for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Omer Celik, said the attack on Turkey was an attack on NATO. “We expect that certain steps will be taken to [create] a no-fly zone [in Idlib],” Celik said.
On February 28, Turkish troops began to strike at the positions of the Syrian military in response to the shelling of their soldiers in Idlib, which killed 33 people.
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Editorial team / Lenta.ru, Anadolu