Erdogan Claims Damascus to Pay 'Heavy Price' for Attacks as Syrian Helicopter Downed in Idlib

The day before, the Turkish Defence Ministry announced that the country’s forces had struck 115 Syrian government targets, destroying 101 of them.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday commented on the recent escalation in northern Syria, vowing that the Syrian government “would pay a heavy price” for its actions.

Earlier in the day, the Turkish Defence Ministry confirmed that militants in Syria had downed a government helicopter in al-Nayrab, Idlib province, while Syrian forces have fallen back from the town.

The attack was reportedly carried out by militants associated with the al-Nusra terrorist group*.

At the same time, Sky News Arabia reported that two pilots have died in the incident.

The incident comes a day after the Turkish Defence Ministry announced that the country’s forces had struck 115 Syrian government targets, destroying 101 of them. The move was a response to an alleged attack on Turkish military posts in Idlib by Syrian government forces.

Tensions in Northern Syria started to escalate last week after eight Turkish nationals were killed in a shelling conducted by Syrian government forces on Turkey’s observation post in Idlib.

Following the shelling, Turkish forces conducted a retaliatory attack, killing, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 76 Syrian servicemen.

Days after the incident, media reported that Turkey was drawing up forces in the region as a convoy of 150 trucks carrying Turkish special forces troops, military equipment and ammunition was seen at the Turkey-Syria border in the province of Hatay.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

Erdogan Claims Damascus to Pay ‘Heavy Price’ for Attacks as Syrian Helicopter Downed in Idlib

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