Turkish soldier killed in attack in Syria's Idlib province

Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib province in Syria

Turkey said five soldiers were also wounded in the attack which took place last night and that Turkish forces responded with retaliatory fire.

They said civilians in Idlib were being forced to move repeatedly to escape fighting, noting that two pro-government villages in Idlib also continued to be besieged by rebels. The Civil Defense put the death toll at 19.

One woman was killed and four people were wounded in mortar fire on the Bab Touma neighbourhood and the capital's Mariamite Cathedral, a Greek Orthodox church, a police source told the agency. "We don't know what to say".

The region has been under intense attack since the end of December as the government of President Bashar Assad struggles to bring it under control.

The announcement on February 6 by the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Syria said it had received "multiple reports - which it is now investigating - that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used" in the town of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib and the Douma in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.

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Syria's government has also deployed new anti-aircraft missiles to the front lines in Aleppo and Idlib, where it is battling rebel fighters. But they stepped up their attacks on the province over the weekend after al-Qaeda-linked jihadists shot down a Russian Su-25 warplane, in an incident in which the pilot was killed.

The other Turkish soldier was killed at an observation point in the rebel-held Idlib, where Russian Federation and Turkey are in works to establish a de-escalation zone as part of the Astana agreement.

Iran urged Turkey on Monday to stop its two-week-old military offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria's Afrin region, which neighbours Idlib.

Those talks - sponsored by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation - set out the creation of four so-called de-escalation zones in Idlib, the greater Damascus area, the southern region of Daraa and the city of Homs.

Defying the US warnings, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed that Turkish troops would expand cross-border military operations from Syria's Afrin to Manbij.

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