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A man rides on a motorbike past Turkish military vehicles in Hazano near Idlib, Syria, February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Turkish Defence Ministry Claims One Soldier Killed, Two Injured in Syrian Attack

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The development comes as 33 Turkish soldiers died on Thursday evening in a strike by Syrian forces. The Russian military later reported that Damascus forces had repelled a large-scale attack by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, affecting Turkish troops embedded with the militants.

The Turkish Defence Ministry on Friday reported that one soldier was killed and two others wounded in Syrian government forces artillery fire in Idlib Province.

The ministry tweeted that Turkish army forces continue to attack Syrian government positions in the area.

The ministry, citing military sources on the ground in Idlib, claimed that eight tanks, four armored combat vehicles, five howitzers and two multi-barreled rocket launchers were destroyed, and 56 Syrian troops were killed.

The Turkish news agency Anadolu released a video showing Ankara's strikes on Syrian government positions in Idlib - Sputnik International
Turkey Releases Footage of Recent Attacks on Syrian Military in Idlib

The latest escalation in Idlib occurred as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists on Thursday launched an attack on the positions of the Syrian army, prompting a weaponized response.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, Turkish military personnel embedded with the terrorists also came under fire.

Ankara reported that its forces had lost 33 troops as a result of strikes, with 30 injured. Following the strikes, the Russian military took prompt steps to ensure a complete ceasefire on behalf of the Syrian army, and provide conditions for the safe evacuation of wounded Turkish soldiers.

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According to the Turkish presidential administration, Recep Erdogan discussed in phone talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen "all aspects of the regime’s attacks in Idlib, the humanitarian crisis caused by it, and the steps that can be made to resolve it."

The statement stresses that the international community "should take more responsibility for settling the Syrian crisis."

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Russian Permanent Representative at the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said Friday that the Syrian government has the legitimate right to respond to the threat posed by terrorists operating on Arab republic’s soil.

He went on to say that Idlib terrorists have the military equipment of Western origin that they use against the Syrian and Russian forces as well as local civilians.

"There are video clips and photos; it's clear that the fighters are armed with the absolute latest version of Western military products - drones, armored vehicles,… missiles, anti-tank and anti-aircraft equipment," he stressed.

 

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia - Sputnik International
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