Turkish, French presidents confer on Syria's Idlib
Turkey’s president spoke via telephone with his French counterpart about the recent situation in Idlib, northwestern Syria, the Turkish Communications Directorate announced early Sunday 1 March.
According to Anadolu news agency, stressing that Turkey will retaliate attacks, Erdogan said he expected NATO’s concrete and clear solidarity during a phone call.
He underlined that the humanitarian crisis in the region will be deepened as the attacks continue.
Noting the refugee influx started to put pressure on Turkey’s European borders, Erdogan said he expected from Europe and France to offer concrete solutions and support for displaced people.
The French President Emanuelle Macron expressed his concern over the tension and destabilizing factors in Syria and demanded all side to negotiate,
At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed and up to 50 wounded in the airstrike which came during a battle for a key northern town which had earlier been recaptured by Syrian-rebel militias backed by the Turkish military, Telegraph reported.
"On Thursday 27 February, Turkish soldiers who were in the battle formations of terrorist groups came under the fire of Syrian troops," the defense ministry said in a statement.
In recent days, the Syrian army has managed to liberate several areas and villages in the south and east of Idlib province.
The province of Idlib is the last base of terrorists in Syria.
Syrian Army has reclaimed significant territory since launching a stepped-up offensive in December, including areas around some of the Turkish military posts in Idlib.
Turkey first sent troops to Syria in 2016 and has sent reinforcements to the northwest in recent weeks to contain the assault.
That has led to a series of confrontations, including deadly clashes this week that saw government shelling kill five Turkish troops.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened the Syrian government in recent days, saying the offensive violates a 2018 deal with Russia meant to prevent a broad military operation.