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Turkey now considers Syrian troops “enemy targets” (Turkish official)

TURKEY (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkey decided to consider Syrian forces as enemy targets after the Turkish military again came under fire in Idlib, announced on Friday by the spokesman for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Omer Celik, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Turkey now recognizes all military regimes [of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] as enemy targets,” Sabah newspaper quoted him as saying.

Celik also said that “Turkey’s migration policy remains unchanged, but Ankara is no longer able to restrain the flow of Syrian refugees to Europe.”

On Thursday, Reuters , citing a Turkish official, said that the Turkish authorities decided not to stop the Syrian refugees who are trying to get to Europe by sea or land.

Turkish police, coast guards and border crossings were instructed to stay idle in the event of a flow of refugees from Syria.

On Friday, the governor of Hatay province, Hatay Rahmi Dogan, located on the border with Syria, said that Turkish armed forces fell under fire in the province of Idlib, at least 29 soldiers were killed.

“A perfect attack on Turkey is an attack on NATO. We expect that certain steps will be taken to [create] a no-fly zone [in Idlib],” Celik said in connection with the incident.

In early February, the situation in Idlib sharply worsened. This happened after the Russian and Turkish military made another attempt to introduce a regime of silence, but the terrorists only intensified their attacks.

Last week, Erdogan announced the readiness of Ankara to use all its combat power in the event of an operation in Idlib. He also said that the start of a new military campaign in Idlib is “only a matter of time”, all preparations for it have already been completed.

Idlib is the only region in Syria, a significant part of which remains in the hands of illegal armed groups. In 2017, a northern de-escalation zone was created there, where militants who refused to lay down arms in the damask suburb of East Guta and the southern regions of the country moved.

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