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Heavy Fighting Escalates In The Syrian Province Of Idlib



Middle East Eye: Two Turkish soldiers killed as Syrian rebels stage assault on Idlib's Neirab

Opposition fighters making headway around strategic town of Saraqeb, backed by Turkish commandos and artillery

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and five more wounded by a pro-Syrian government forces air strike in northwestern Syria, Ankara’s defence ministry said on Thursday, as fighting heated up around the Idlib province town of Neirab.

In retaliation, 50 Syrian government soldiers were killed, and five tanks, two armoured personnel carriers, two armoured trucks and one howitzer destroyed, the ministry claimed.

The statement did not say if warplanes belonging to Damascus or its ally Russia were responsible for the strikes against Turkish forces.

Meanwhile, Turkey-backed rebels pushed towards Neirab, a town in Idlib province’s west recently taken by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

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