Turkish Ministry of Defence Claims 51 Targets of Syrian Gov't Forces Hit in Idlib

© AP Photo / Ghaith AlsayedA rebel fighter holds parts of the uniform of the pilot from the Syrian government helicopter that was shot down in Idlib province
A rebel fighter holds parts of the uniform of the pilot from the Syrian government helicopter that was shot down in Idlib province - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that the Syrian government "would pay a heavy price" for its actions after militants downed its chopper in Idlib.

The Turkish Defence Ministry stated on Tuesday that 51 units belonging to the Syrian Army, including two tanks, an anti-aircraft installation site and a munitions depot, have been destroyed, while one tank has been seized.

​The statement comes hours after the ministry confirmed that militants in Syria had downed a government helicopter in al-Nayrab, Idlib province.

Commenting on the statement, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the Syrian government "would pay a heavy price" for its actions.

In his speech, Erdogan referred to a new wave of escalation in northern Syria after Syrian government forces allegedly attacked a Turkish military post in Idlib the day before.

Syrian rebel fighters gather around the burning remains of a military helicopter after it was shot down over the village of Qaminas, about 6 kilometres southeast of Idlib city in northwestern Syria on February 11, 2020 - Sputnik International
Erdogan Claims Damascus to Pay 'Heavy Price' for Attacks as Syrian Helicopter Downed in Idlib
Tensions in Northern Syria started to escalate last week after eight Turkish nationals were killed in a shelling conducted by Syrian government forces on Turkey's observation post in Idlib.

Days after the incident, media reported that Turkey was drawing up forces in the region as a convoy of 150 trucks carrying Turkish special forces troops, military equipment and ammunition was seen at the Turkey-Syria border in the province of Hatay.

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