the defence Ministry of the Turkish Republic announced the “neutralization” of 21 soldiers of the SAR in response to the deaths of Turkish soldiers on March 5. This was reported by the Anadolu news Agency.
Earlier media reported the death of two Turkish soldiers in the shelling by government troops in Idlib province in Syria. One military killed March 4, other – 5 March, before the signing of the agreement between Russia and Turkey regarding the ceasefire in Idlib.
Representatives of the defense Ministry of Turkey stated that the Turkish drones struck at about 16:00 local time (17:00 Moscow time). As a result of the strike was neutralized by the living forces of the enemy, and destroyed two rocket launchers and two howitzers.
on March 5, following the talks between the presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Kremlin signed a joint document on regulation of the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, RIA Novosti reported.
the agreement included the following items:
– the Cessation of all hostilities on the existing line of contact from midnight on March 6.
– Turkey and Russia to establish a security corridor width of six miles to the South and North of the M4 highway in Syria.
– 15 March Turkey and Russia begin joint patrols along the M4 highway.
the Situation in Idlib began to deteriorate February 27, when the terrorist group “Hayat Tahrir al sham” (banned in Russia) began an offensive against the Syrian army. Troops opened fire in response.
Then, with the militants came under fire from the Turkish military, which was not supposed to be at that time in the region. In the attack of 36 military Turkish army killed more than 30 people were wounded.
In response, Turkey announced the beginning of a new military operation in the North-West of SAR – “Spring shield”.