İrem UZUN -TDO- Two Turkish soldiers were martyred, another was injured in a rocket attack by the radical groups in Idlib de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, said Turkish Defense Ministry. In a statement, the ministry said the radical groups in the de-escalation zone attacked Turkish soldiers. "Targets determined in the region immediately were taken under fire and retaliated in proportion," said the ministry.
The attack comes two weeks after Turkey and Russia - which support opposing sides in the Syrian conflict - agreed to a cease-fire in Idlib, halting a three-month air and ground campaign by the Syrian government in the rebel-held province. The operation killed hundreds and sent one million people fleeing toward the Turkish border. It also resulted in rare direct clashes between the Turkish military and Syrian government troops. Some 60 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Idlib since the start of February. The Turkish Defense statement did not identify the group it holds responsible for the attack.
The head of the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syria reconciliation, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev, confirmed that two Turkish servicemen were killed in a clash with militants from a terrorist group on the M4 highway. "During the engineering reconnaissance of the M4 highway near the settlement of Mhanbel, Turkish soldiers were attacked by militants of one of terrorist groups. Two Turkish soldiers were killed during the clash", Zhuravlev said. Zhuravlev added that the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation calls on the commanders of illegal armed groups to abandon armed provocations and take the path of a peaceful settlement in areas under their control.