February 11, 2020 / 11:27 AM / 7 days ago

More firing by Syrian government forces near Turkish military posts - official

ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces fired near Turkey’s observation posts in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Tuesday, prompting retaliation from Turkish forces, a Turkish official told Reuters.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels could regain territory they have lost in recent days around the town of Seraqeb, to the east of Idlib city, after they launched a full-fledged attack there, the official added.

Shelling by Syrian government forces killed five Turkish soldiers on Monday, leading to concerns over an escalation of violence in the country’s nearly nine-year war.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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