Turkey and Russia provide contradictory statements on the situation with the Syrian Army strikes on Turkish forces in Syria’s Idlib province. The strike killed and injured several Turkish soldiers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey used F-16 warplanes and T-155 Fırtına self-propelled howitzers to strike positions of the Syrian Army. According to the Turkish President, the strikes killed between 30 and 35 Syrian soldiers.
Ankara claims that Turkish forces that came under attack by the Syrian Army were deployed in Syria’s Idlib zone in order to de-escalate the situation there. In fact, Ankara sent its troops to prevent the Syrian Army advance on the militant-held town of Saraqib, a stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked groups.
Commenting on the incident, the Russian military said Turkish aircraft didn’t breach the Syrian border, adding that it didn’t register any strikes on Syrian government forces’ positions.
“Turkish military units made movements within the Idlib de-escalation zone during the night from 2 to 3 February without informing the Russian military. They came under fire from Syrian government forces who were carrying out attacks on terrorists in the area west of the Seracab settlement”, the military said in a statement.
According to the Russian side, that Russian and Turkish military were maintaining constant contact in order to evacuate the injured troops to Turkey.
Syria’s state media reported the Turkish strikes, but said that there were no casualties in the attack.
The situation is developing.
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