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Syrian government forces airstrikes kill and injure Turkish soldiers in Idlib

Editing: Mohamad Alaa Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/02/27 14:05

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday, the Syrian government forces bombed a Turkish military post in the village of Balyun, 28 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria, killing and injuring several Turkish soldiers.

Naji Mostafa, the spokesman for the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Syrian National Army (SNA), reported to SMART that Syrian government forces warplanes bombed Balyun, killing three Turkish soldiers.

An eyewitness reported to SMART that the medical center in the village of Marayan received three injured Turkish soldiers. The eyewitness added that he heard the injured soldiers mention that more than 10 other soldiers were killed by the attack on the Turkish military post.

Other eyewitnesses residing near the Syrian-Turkish border said that Turkish helicopters arrived at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing to transport the dead bodies and the injured soldiers into Turkey.

Earlier on Feb. 26, 2020, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that Syrian government forces warplanes bombed a Turkish post in the Idlib governorate.

In the recent weeks, the Turkish Army sent military convoys to Idlib. The Turkish Army established military posts, most of them near the Aleppo-Latakia (M4) and Aleppo-Damascus (M5) international highways. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the Syrian government to withdraw its forces behind Turkish observation posts in Idlib by the end of February.

The Syrian government forces and their allied militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground attack on the southern and western Aleppo countryside, and the southern and eastern Idlib countryside. During this attack, the Syrian government forces gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the area, after intense bombings. The bombings killed and injured hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to displace.

This attack is considered a continuation of the Syrian government forces and Russian military operation launched on Idlib in Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern Hama countryside and the Khan Shaykhun area. Military analysts and journalists said that by this military operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries.