Russia: Turkish troops were shot by Syrian forces due to lack of information
Moscow (dpa) – Syrian state forces shot at Turkish troops in the north-western Idlib region overnight due to a lack of information, the Russian military said.
“Turkish troops were changing locations at night in the Idlib de-escalation zone without informing the Russian side,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The Turkish troops “came under fire from Syrian government troops targeting terrorists in an area west of Saraqib,” the statement said.
Four Turkish soldiers were killed and nine wounded in shelling by Syrian government forces on Monday in the north-western province of Idlib, the Defence Ministry said.
The shelling in the embattled rebel stronghold took place against Turkish troops, who were sent in as reinforcements, despite notification of their coordinates, the ministry said.
The attack will not go unanswered, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, before leaving for Ukraine.
The attack was responded to immediately, said Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, on Twitter.
Last week, Erdogan said that Turkey will have no choice but to use military force in Syria, amidst increasing attacks by Russian-backed Syrian forces in Idlib.
Turkey’s agreement with Russia to stop the violence in Idlib has been “incrementally destroyed and violated with blood and pain by the regime [of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and Russia who supports it,” Erdogan said on Friday.
Turkey and Russia, who support opposing sides in Syria’s war, reached a deal in 2018 to create a demilitarized zone around Idlib to stave off a Syrian offensive against the rebel-held stronghold.
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