Turkey says operation spring shield killed 1212 Syrian soldiers

 Turkey says operation spring shield killed 1212 Syrian soldiers

During an inspection in khathai, the Turkish Syrian border province on the same day, akar said that the operation was intended to exercise self-defense and eliminate Syrian government forces in the region. According to him, the operation began after the Turkish army was attacked by Syrian government forces on February 27. Now, 1212 Syrian government forces have been eliminated, including 1 UAV, 8 helicopters, 103 tanks, 19 armored personnel carriers, 72 artillery, 3 air defense systems, 15 anti tank mortars, 56 armored vehicles and 9 ammunition depots.

Akar also said that Turkey does not intend to confront Russia and hopes that Russia can stop the Syrian governments actions in Idlib. Turkey hopes to achieve a lasting ceasefire and stability in Syria, but vows to retaliate against any attack on the Turkish army and the observation point in Idlib.

Since December last year, Syrian government forces, with the support of Russian military, have engaged in fierce fighting with Turkish backed Syrian opposition forces in Idlib. On February 27, the Turkish army was attacked by Syrian government forces in Idlib, causing serious casualties. The Turkish government then decided to attack the Syrian army.

Due to the confrontation between the government forces of Syria and Turkey, the situation in Idlib is in danger of being out of control. According to the Syrian news agency on March 1, the Turkish army shot down two Syrian government warplanes in Idlib on the same day, and also fired missiles at Syrian military targets in the area of jamiyetzahra, Aleppo Province in the north of Syria.

Idlib, which borders Turkey, is the last major territory controlled by Syrian opposition forces and extremist organizations in Syria. In September 2018, the leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, promote the Syrian government forces and the opposition forces to achieve a ceasefire, and Turkey set up 12 observation points in Idlib in the name of monitoring the ceasefire. However, the situation in the region continues to be volatile. The Turkish and Russian sides, the Syrian opposition and government forces have been pointing out to each other that they have violated the ceasefire agreement. (reporter: Zheng Yihan)

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