Unic Press UK: Turkey’s National Defense Ministry announced Thursday that two Turkish soldiers were “martyred”, and five others injured, when its forces came under airstrikes in Idlib [near Turkey’s southern border], a city in northwestern Syria, the Anadolu Agency reports.
It is unclear the precise source of the airstrike, with source credible sources saying it was carried out by the Syrian Army, while another report asserts that the Russian Military repelled Turkish-backed militants over breaching the Syrian Army’s defenses in Idlib.
Worried about the situation in Idlib as circa 1 million people are in grave danger and more than 900,000 displaced, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said:
“We need an end to the fighting, and access to safety to preserve lives. The UN Secretary-General has appealed for parties to the conflict to respect the rules of war. Every day that passes, that call is more urgent. Thousands of innocent people cannot pay the price of a divided international community, whose inability to find a solution to this crisis is going to be a grave stain on our collective international conscience. As in the past, in moments of crisis, I am also appealing for neighbouring countries, including Turkey, to broaden admissions, so that those most in danger can reach safety – even knowing that capacities and public support are already strained. For these countries, already hosting 5.6 million refugees, of whom 3.6 million are in Turkey, international support must be sustained and stepped up.”