Russian servicemen killed in escalating violence in Syria’s Idlib
Moscow (dpa) – Russia admitted on Thursday that some of its military personnel had been killed in Syria’s Idlib region amid escalating violence over the past two weeks, without providing a death toll.
Russia, the Syrian government’s strongest military backer, and Turkey, which has fought against the regime, have been supporting a so-called civilian safe zone in the north-western region, near the Turkish border.
Militant attacks in the Idlib region have been increasing, with more than 1,000 such attacks having been recorded since mid-January, the statement said.
“Russian and Turkish military specialists have died tragically,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Turkey has meanwhile sent reinforcements to observation posts in Idlib, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported.
Turkey has dispatched howitzers and armoured vehicles to such areas from the Turkish border region of Hatay, Anadolu said.
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