Ankara Warns Against Airstrikes on Turkish Troops in Syria - Prime Minister

© AFP 2022 / ADEM ALTANTurkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara (File)
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara (File) - Sputnik International
Turkey warns against the repeat of Thursday's airstrike against Turkish troops in Syria, the country's prime minister, Binali Yildirim, said Friday.

Turkish soldiers patrol near the border with Syria, ouside the village of Elbeyli, east of the town of Kilis, southeastern Turkey - Sputnik International
Turkey Confirms Death of 3 Troops in Alleged Syrian Gov't Airstrike
ANKARA (Sputnik)  On Thursday, Turkey's General Staff confirmed the death of three of its troops near Syria's city of al-Bab, claiming that the attack was carried out by Syrian government jets.

"The Turkish General Staff is investigating the incident. It is essential to determine who is responsible for the airstrike and why it was carried out. The relevant sides have been warned that any repeat of such a move is unacceptable… The incident near the city al-Bab will not impact Turkey's determination to complete Operation Euphrates Shield," Yildirim told the TRT channel.

Turkey respects Syria's territorial integrity, the prime minister added, stressing that Turkey's priorities are destroying the Islamic States (IS) jihadist group as well as preventing Syria's de facto autonomous Kurdish-dominated Rojava federation from joining its forces between Manbij and Afrin.

Yildirim promised that Turkish forces would not head to Aleppo.

Afrin is currently an enclave in the northwestern corner of Syria, separated from the rest of Rojava by the IS, Syrian opposition and Turkish forces currently fighting in the area of al-Bab.

On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began the Euphrates Shield operation to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the Islamic State, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. After seizing Jarabulus, Turkish forces and opposition fighters pushed further south into the Aleppo governorate.

The operation has been widely criticized both by the Syrian Kurds and Damascus, who accuse Ankara of violating Syria's territorial integrity.

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