Explosion injures Turkish soldiers and NLF fighters, western Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Wednesday, an explosion injured Turkish soldiers and fighters of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of the Syrian National Army while a Turkish military convoy was passing in the vicinity of the Eshtabraq village, 34 kilometers west of Idlib, Northern Syria.
Local sources reported to SMART that an explosive device planted by unknown persons exploded while the convoy was heading to the Turkish military observation post in the village of Eshtabraq, west of the Jisr al-Shughur city. The explosion injured an officer and a soldier from the Turkish Army and three NLF fighters.
The sources added that a Turkish military helicopter entered Syria and evacuated the wounded to the Turkish hospitals, because most of their injuries were critical; one of the Turkish soldiers had his foot amputated.
On social media, local activists published photos of the explosion site, showing smoke rising from the explosion.
The Turkish media has not yet announced the targeting of the military convoy, nor has any party claimed responsibility for the explosion.
SMART is trying to contact the NLF for the details of the explosion.
Russia and the Syrian government forces have bombed the Turkish military posts deployed in the Idlib governorate for several times, killing and injuring Turkish soldiers. On Feb. 20, 2020, an aerial bombing on the village of Qmeinas east of Idlib killed two Turkish soldiers injured five others.
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, following intensified bombings with different kinds of weapons. The bombings killed and injured hundreds of civilians and forces 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.