Syrian jets open fire on Turkish observation point

  • 18:41 22 August 2019

Syrian jets open fire on Turkish observation point

The eighth Turkish observation point located in Sirman (Al Surman) near the town Maarat al-Numan in northwestern Syria's Idlib province was targeted Thursday by fire from Syrian warplanes, ONA reports quoting Daily Sabah.

No damage or casualties reported in the incident in which the jets opened fire with heavy machine guns, according to officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

The observation point is located some 25 kilometers (15 miles) northeast of the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which was captured by Syrian forces and its allied militia on Wednesday after intense artillery bombardment and airstrikes.

Turkey has 12 such posts in and around Idlib province, the last bastion of groups fighting the Assad troops, was declared a de-escalation zone in September 2018 following an agreement with Russia and Iran. However, the regime and its Russian allies continued attacks in the region citing the heavy presence of Al-Qaida linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, which controls most of Idlib since January.

On Monday, a Turkish military convoy which crossed into northwest Syria on Monday to head for the No. 9 observation point in Morekobservation near Khan Sheikhoun came under attack of Syrian jets, killing three civilians and injuring 12 others.