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Media captionWatch: Turkey’s defence ministry reiterates his nation’s menace to Syria

No less than 22 Turkish troopers have been killed in an airstrike by Syrian “regime forces”, a Turkish provincial governor has stated.

A number of extra have been badly damage within the assault in Idlib within the north-west, Hatay governor Rahmi Dogan stated. Different reviews put the loss of life toll larger.

Turkey’s president held a top-level safety assembly after the strike.

Syrian forces try to retake Idlib from rebels who’re backed by Turkish troopers.

Why does the battle for Idlib matter?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs Syrian forces to tug again from positions the place Turkey has arrange navy statement posts.

Turkey has additionally threatened to assault Syrian authorities forces if they don’t halt their advance.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Erdogan stated three Turkish troopers had been killed in an airstrike in Idlib.

Turkey’s defence ministry stated it had responded to that incident by hitting Syrian “regime targets”.

The most recent clashes got here after the Turkey-backed rebels stated that they had retaken the strategic city of Saraqeb from Syrian authorities forces on Thursday.

The preventing has pushed almost one million Syrians from their houses since December. The UN stated a full-scale battle for Idlib may end in a “massacre”.

However Russia has rejected calls within the UN Safety Council for a humanitarian ceasefire in northern Syria.

Responding to an announcement from Belgium and Germany that the killing of civilians should cease, the Russian ambassador stated the one resolution was to chase what he known as the terrorists from the nation.

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The Russian defence ministry on Thursday accused Turkey of violating a peace deal for Idlib by backing rebels with artillery hearth.