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Two Turkish soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib despite truce agreement

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 19 March 2020 7:08 PM

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in Syria's embattled northwestern province of Idlib, officials say.

A soldier was killed in a "heinous attack" in the Idlib town of Muhambal, deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party Mahir Unal wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Later in the day, the governor's office of the central Turkish province of Sivas tweeted that a 25-year-old soldier from the area was also killed in the northwestern province.

The two Turkish officials did not provide any details on how the troops were killed or exactly where.

On March 5, Russia and Turkey agreed on a ceasefire to stop clashes in Idlib, the only large territory in the hands of terrorists after the Syrian military managed to undo militant gains across the Arab country.

Under the deal, the two countries are required to establish a secure corridor along a key east-west highway in Idlib and hold joint patrols there as of March 15.

After signing the truce agreement, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said the country's military personnel will stay in Idlib and that any withdrawal from the embattled Syrian region is "out of the question."

Syria army repels militant attack in Idlib

Meanwhile, a report by state news agency SANA on Thursday said the Arab country's military troops had killed a number of Turkish-sponsored militants near Hizareen town in Idlib after they violated the ceasefire deal by targeting their military posts.

The counterattack also destroyed the terrorists' weapons and ammunition, it said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said recently that the militants were not complying with the terms of the ceasefire.

The ministry, in a statement released on March 16, announced that the militants have re-armed, and are now taking military action there.

Terrorists in Idlib, the statement said, must either be eliminated or prosecuted.

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