Turkey and Syrian regime in deadly flare-up

BEIRUT (AFP) – Turkish and Syrian troops traded fire in northwest Syria on Monday, with more than 20 reported dead, further raising tension between Ankara and regime ally Moscow over the war-torn Idlib region on Turkey s border.

Russian air strikes also killed 14 civilians in the same area, a monitoring group said, as the World Health Organization warned dozens of medical facilities had been closed amid a fierce government offensive.

Violence in recent weeks has caused one of the worst waves of displacement in the nine-year-old Syrian conflict.

Monday s tit-for-tat shelling between Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces was the deadliest since Turkey deployed troops to Syria in 2016, ratcheting up tensions between the conflict s two main foreign protagonists.

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