Friday, 19 October, 2018

Turkish soldier killed in attack in Syria's Idlib province

An Israeli army tank during a military exercise in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the cease-fire line with Syria An Israeli army tank during a military exercise in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the cease-fire line with Syria
Ray Hunter | 07 February, 2018, 02:03

"We implore the global community to speak with one voice, taking every opportunity to publicly pressure the Assad regime, and its supporters, to cease its use of chemical weapons and hold those responsible accountable for these brutal attacks", she added.

Almost 200 people were wounded, and rescuers said many of those probably will not survive because of lack of medical supplies. The Civil Defense put the death toll at 19.

The other Turkish soldier was killed at an observation point in the rebel-held Idlib, where Russian Federation and Turkey are in works to establish a de-escalation zone as part of the Astana agreement. An offensive by Ankara to rout USA -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern enclave of Afrin is now in its third week.

This week's strikes, which began on Monday, hit at least 10 areas in Eastern Ghouta, including Haza, Harasata, Douma, Hammouriyeh and Beit Sawa.

The German government called on Monday for a thorough investigation into reports Syria had used chemical weapons in both Idlib and Eastern Ghouta. French President Emmanuel Macron said last May that "any use of chemical weapons would result in reprisals and an immediate riposte, at least where France is concerned". Two weeks ago, in the Afrin region, a neighbouring part of syria, an offensive commenced against Kurdish fighters controlling the region while in December, the syria together with Iranian backed militants, launched a massive offensive to reclaim the Idlib province with support from Russian airstrikes.

Also Tuesday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticized Turkey's ongoing offensive against US -backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in the Syrian enclave of Afrin, saying it doesn't serve the interests of any country in the region.

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The Turkish news site says the defense systems were positioned namely in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces.

Turkey's military said a Turkish soldier was killed in an attack in Idlib, where the Turkish troops are establishing an observation post.

It was the second attack on the soldiers in a week.

Idlib is one of the last main strongholds of anti-Assad rebels who have been driven from most of their bastions in Syria since Russian Federation joined the war on the side of the Damascus government in 2015.

"They cover the air space of the Syrian north", the commander told Reuters.

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