Turkey has shot down two Syrian warplanes in Idlib as part of its offensive in the area. The Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed it shot down two Syrian Su-24 bombers after one of its combat drones was destroyed by Syrian air defenses.
The Turkish fighter jets intercepted the two Syrian warplanes over Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib and shot them down, state-run SANA news agency reported, adding that both planes’ crews ejected and parachuted to safety.
The Syrian Arab Army closed the airspace in the northwestern part of the country, including Idlib Province, and that any aircraft entering Syrian skies will be considered a hostile target.
Ankara launched Operation Spring Shield in Idlib on Sunday, describing its task as “self-defense” against the attacks by Syrian government troops on Turkish soldiers maintaining outposts in the area.
Tensions in Idlib flared-up again this week after 34 Turkish soldiers were killed in a Syrian airstrike.
Russia said it happened because the Turkish personnel were present alongside terrorist units being bombed by Damascus, and Ankara had failed to properly notify Moscow about its troop movements.
Idlib is the last-remaining stronghold of anti-government forces in Syria, with many belonging to jihadist groups like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an offshoot of Al-Qaeda.
Ankara has long promised to separate the moderate groups it backs from the more radical elements, but Russia insists it has failed to do so.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.