SOHR: Two Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and four others injured in Idlib in an IED explosion for which “Abu Bakr al-Siddiq” battalion claimed responsibility.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the death of two Turkish soldiers and injury of four others, after an IED explosion targeted their vehicle on the road between Idlib and Nabash in northern Idlib, amid unconfirmed reports of the death of a third soldier.

On the other hand, “Abu Bakr al-Siddiq” battalion has claimed responsibility of the attack, SOHR said.

A few hours ago, SOHR sources reported that six soldiers were killed and wounded in an IED explosion which targeted a Turkish military vehicle on the road to northern Idlib. Meanwhile, ambulances were seen rushing to the site of the explosion to transport the casualties to Bab al-Hawa crossing, while a Turkish helicopter landed in Syrian territory to take the injured soldiers to hospital in Turkey.

SOHR sources reported earlier an IED explosion on the road between Idlib and Kafriya, as a Turkish military column was on its to the northern countryside of Idlib.

On the other hand, Turkish infantry units continued touring the Aleppo-Latakia highway and off-roads around their military posts, searching for landmines that unknown assailants were trying to plant to target Turkish convoys, according to SOHR.

The observatory noted that Turkish forces were repeatedly attacked by IEDs, RPGs and machineguns by unknown persons. Moreover, Turkish forces installed surveillance cameras on the M4 “Aleppo-Lattakia” highway, starting from an area near the city of Ariha in southern Idlib, to Badama district near the city of Jisr al-Shughour in the western countryside of Idlib.

In May, SOHR sources reported that unidentified gunmen targeted the wall of a Turkish military base in the town of Balyoun in Jabal Al-Zawiyah, south of Idlib with RPGs, but no casualties were reported.

On February 25, SOHR reported an attack on a Turkish vehicle with an RPG and an IED on the road between Maarat Misrin and the town of Kafriya in Idlib countryside.

Also, on February 10, SOHR sources confirmed that a landmine exploded near a Turkish vehicle, as three armoured vehicles were conducting a routine patrol on M4 highway between the areas of Uram al-Jouz and Ariha in Idlib countryside. However, no casualties were reported. Meanwhile, an organization known as “Al-Tali’a Al-Mujaheda” claimed responsibility of the attack on the Turkish vehicle, as it published pictures showing the explosion.