The Turkish Defence Ministry announced on Monday that the country's forces have struck 115 Syrian government targets, destroying 101 of them.
"According to preliminary data, 115 targets of the Syrian government army were fired upon, and 101 targets were hit, including three tanks destroyed and one helicopter shot down. The operation continues," the ministry said in a statement.
Çeşitli kaynaklardan edinilen ilk bilgilere göre 101 Rejim unsurunun etkisiz hale getirildiği, 3 tank ve 2 top/havan mevziinin tahrip edildiği, ayrıca 1 helikopterin isabet aldığı öğrenilmiştir. https://t.co/Fb2FUuYhCL— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) February 10, 2020
The ministry said further that it would retaliate against any attack on its forces, which have observation posts in northern Syria.
The development comes hours after the Turkish Defence Ministry issued a statement, saying that Syrian government forces had allegedly attacked one of its military posts in Idlib, killing five soldiers and injuring another five.
A week ago, eight Turkish nationals were killed after Syrian government forces shelled an 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.