Turkish post in Syria’s Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Turkey and Russia had brokered a cease-fire for Idlib in September to prevent a government onslaught in the province.

13 June 2019 | 11:48

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 13 June 2019 | 11:48

Syrians on motorcycles drive past damaged buildings along a street in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on August 2, 2018. (AFP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s Defense Ministry said a Turkish observation post in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province has been attacked by mortar shells, fired from areas under Syrian government control. Three soldiers were lightly wounded.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the ministry said 35 mortar rounds were fired on Thursday at the observation point in what appeared to be a deliberate attack.

It said Russian authorities were contacted over the incident.

The statement said the wounded personnel were being evacuated and added that some equipment at the observation point was damaged.

Turkey and Russia had brokered a cease-fire for Idlib in September to prevent a government onslaught in the province. The agreement called for the establishment of demilitarized zones with observation points to monitor the cease-fire. The truce failed nine months later.

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