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24/11/2016 - 10:17 0
Turkish Soldiers Killed by Syrian Regime in Al-Bab - Reports

Turkey's state news agency AA has reported the death of three Turkish soldiers in Syria's al-Bab this morning.

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded Thursday in an air attack carried out by Syrian regime forces, the AA said, basing its reports on the Turkish military.

Starting at around 3.30 a.m. local time Thursday (0030GMT), Syrian regime forces carried out air attacks on Turkish troops close to the city of Al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.

However a report from Reuters, based on hospital and security sources said the soldiers had been killed in an Islamic State attack in northern Syria.

The wounded soldiers were transferred to hospitals in the Turkish border provinces of Kilis and Gaziantep.

Turkey had been contravening international law by using air power inside Syria's borders recently to bomb Kurdish targets in the country's north.

On 21 October the Syrian regime accused Turkey of escalating the war in the country and said it would bring down any planes flying over Syria.

Aerial attacks ceased for several week but restarted on 20 November with Turkish fighters jets bombing Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and civilian targets in the countryside north of Manbij, near al-Bab.

6 civilians including 2 children were killed on 22 November in a Turkish aerial attack.

Turkish soldiers first entered Syrian territory in August 2016 alongside Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups with the lauch of Euphrates Shield operation.

Source: AA, Reuters