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Official number of dead Turkish soldiers in Idlib rose to 29

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The number of Turkish soldiers killed in an air strike in Syrian Idlib rose to 29, injuring 36 people, governor of the province Hatay Rahmi Dogan said on Friday.

Earlier, he reported the death of 22 Turkish prisoners during an air strike by the Syrian Air Force in Idlib.

“Seven people who were seriously injured died, so the number of our military dead increased to 29. 36 soldiers were injured, their treatment continues,” Dogan said on the NTV television channel.

According to the Turkish presidential administration, Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan convened a security meeting on Thursday evening, attended by the heads of security agencies and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Turkey was unable to fulfill several key commitments to solve the problems around Syrian Idlib.

In particular, she did not dissociate the armed opposition, which is ready for dialogue with the government in the framework of the political process, from terrorists.

So in the Russian-Turkish memorandum of September 18, 2018, agreed upon by the meeting of Presidents Putin and Erdogan, it was said that the status quo for the presence of the Turkish military was maintained, but subject to the de-escalation of all terrorist radical groups from the Idlib zone until October 15, 2018.

It was also stipulated that “effective measures will be taken to ensure a stable cessation of hostilities” within the borders of this zone.

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