Six Syrian soldiers killed in Turkish counterattack: monitor

BEIRUT (AFP) – At least six Syrian government troops were killed by Turkish shelling on Monday in the northwestern region of Idlib in retaliation for a deadly regime attack, a war monitor said.

The Turkish strike on regime positions south of the flashpoint town of Saraqeb wounded another 20 regime fighters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It followed Syrian regime shelling in Idlib that killed four Turkish soldiers, according to Ankara’s defence ministry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it an “ongoing operation,” and said that 30 to 35 Syrian forces were killed in the counterattack.

He urged regime ally Russia not to stand in the way of Ankara’s response.

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