ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish forces hit 54 targets in Syria’s northwestern region of Idlib and “neutralized” 76 Syrian government soldiers, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying by the state-owned Anadolu news agency on Monday.
Earlier on Monday, Ankara said Syrian shelling had killed five of its soldiers in Idlib. Later, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was retaliating.
Akar was also quoted as saying Turkey’s armed forces had taken “all forms of measures” in Idlib, adding that Ankara had informed Moscow, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay