3 Turkish soldiers killed in Syrian regime attack

Ankara says regime forces conducted air attacks against Turkish troops in Al-Bab, northern Syria

3 Turkish soldiers killed in Syrian regime attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded Thursday in an air attack carried out by Syrian regime forces, the Turkish military has said.

Starting at around 3.30 a.m. local time Thursday (0030GMT), Syrian regime forces carried out air attacks on Turkish troops close to the city of Al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.

The dead and injured were taken to hospitals in Turkey’s southern Kilis and Gaziantep provinces.

One of the injured soldiers is in a critical condition.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was briefed on the attack by Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar and Defense Minister Fikri Isik.

The Turkish Armed Forces, meanwhile, announced that at least 14 ISIL targets were destroyed Thursday under Operation Euphrates Shield, launched by Turkey in late August to rid the northern Syrian border area of extremists.

Targets were located in the towns of Qabasin, Bzaa, Arima plus Al-Bab.

Over 215 residential areas, including more than 1,800 square kilometers (694 square miles) of land in northern Syria have so far been cleared of ISIL extremists as part of the operation, which is now in its 93rd day.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Kasım 2016, 12:25