Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey 'strongly' condemns air strike on its convoy in Syria

Turkey 'strongly' condemns air strike on its convoy in Syria

The ministry said in a statement that the attack violated Ankara's agreements and cooperation with Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally.

Syrian state media said the convoy entered Syria on Monday to help insurgents in the town of Khan Sheikhoun who are fighting a government advance, calling it an act of aggression.

It was not immediately clear whether the airstrikes were carried out by Syrian or Russian warplanes. It has vowed to take back Idlib.

Syria strongly condemned the entry of the Turkish convoy carrying ammunition, weapons and equipment through the Syrian-Turkish border on their way to Khan Sheikhun, according to the Syrian SANA news agency. The agency did not report any casualties.

The Russian government had been supplied with "advance information" about the convoy's route, the ministry said.

Al-Shami also said that warplanes struck areas near where the Turkish convoy was moving. The Sham Network, an activist collective, posted photos of the Turkish convoy - a mushroom of smoke, apparently from the airstrike, could be seen in the distance.

On Sunday air strikes by the Syrian regime and its ally Russian Federation killed two people, including a child, in the south of Idlib, the Observatory said. It said the convoy was heading toward two Turkish observation posts in the region when it came under Syrian aircraft fire.

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The Syrian Foreign Ministry called the convoy's incursion a "flagrant Turkish intervention", saying it had reached Saraqeb, a town north of Khan Sheikoun early on Monday.

Syrian government forces stormed the town of Khan Sheikhoun yesterday amid fierce clashes with armed opposition groups, leaving dozens dead.

On Sunday they retook the village of Tel al-Nar and nearby farmland northwest of Khan Sheikhun before closing in on the town, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Syrian troops have been on the offensive in Idlib and its surroundings since April 30.

Syria's conflict has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions at home and overseas since starting with the brutal repression of anti-regime protests in 2011. It said a fighter accompanying the convoy was killed.

Khan Sheikhoun, along a highway stretching from the capital Damascus to Aleppo city, was bombed with sarin in 2017, an attack that killed dozens of people, wounded hundreds and prompted a US missile strike.

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