Mar 01, 2020 16:57 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jun 22, 2020 13:52 Asia/Tehran]
  • Syria closes airspace over the northwestern region, particularly Idlib
    Syria closes airspace over the northwestern region, particularly Idlib

Syrian Army announced that the airspace over the northwestern region in Syria, particularly over Idlib province has been closed, and any aircraft that violates the Syrian airspace will be considered as a hostile aircraft that must be downed and prevented from achieving its hostile goals.

Iran Press/Iran news: A military source told SANA that the “Turkish forces are continuing to carry out hostile acts against our armed forces which are operating in Idlib province and its surroundings whether through targeting our soldiers who are facing terrorists directly or through providing all forms of support to the armed organizations which are on the list of terrorism according to the international law.”

The source noted that “These repeated Turkish hostile acts will not succeed in saving terrorists from the strikes of the Syrian Arab Army, and they prove the Turkish disavowal of all the previous agreements including Sochi memorandum.”

Turkish Anadolu News Agency confirmed that Turkey Military ‘Armed Drone’ downed on Sunday 1 March over Idlib by the Syrian Army.

The source added that “based on the adherence of the Syrian Arab Army to its constitutional and national duties in defending the sovereignty of the state and protecting its security and territorial integrity, the Army and Armed Forces General Command announces closing the airspace for flights and for any drones over the northwestern region in Syria, particularly over Idlib province.”

“Any aircraft that violates the Syrian airspace will be dealt with as a hostile aircraft that must be downed and prevented from achieving its hostile goals,” the source added.

Meanwhile, according to Turkish media, Ankara said its military downed two Syrian fighter jets in Idlib, after an assault on Turkish jets, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

It added that an air-defense system, which downed a Turkish armed drone, and two other air-defense systems also destroyed.

Turkey announced Sunday that it launched 'Operation Spring Shield' in Idlib, following past warning.

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.

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.

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