Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned as much as 35 Syrian authorities troopers had been killed Monday in response, and pledged additional retaliation.
Erdogan mentioned as much as 40 Syrian targets had been being thought of as a part of the operation, and warned Russia — probably the most highly effective backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — to “not stand in our manner.”
“We advised the Russian authorities you aren’t social gathering to this it’s completely the regime and don’t stand in our manner. As a result of now we have martyrs, we can’t stay silent. We’ll proceed to reply, together with with our F-16s, our howitzers, our artillery, it’s all within the subject firing on the targets decided by our nationwide intelligence,” Erdogan mentioned.
Russia’s navy mentioned Monday that Turkey had not given advance warning of Turkish troop reinforcements in Idlib.
“In a single day from February 2 to three, models of the Turkish forces carried out maneuvers contained in the Idlib de-escalation zone with out giving discover to the Russian aspect and got here below the fireplace of Syrian authorities troops on terrorists within the space west of the settlement of Saraqib,” the Russian Middle for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria mentioned, in keeping with state-run information company RIA Novosti.