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Turkey requests the establishment of a no-fly zone over Idlib

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Friday, Turkey urged the international community to establish a no-fly zone in northwest Syria to prevent Syrian regime’s planes and its ally Russia from launching strikes.

“The international community should take measures to protect civilians and establish a no-fly zone” in the Idlib area, where more than 30 Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in the bombing attributed to the Syrian regime forces, said Fakhreddin Alton, Director of Information at the Turkish Presidency.

Ankara announced the killing of 34 military personnel on Thursday in the Idlib governorate in the bombing by the Syrian regime warplanes.

The Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian aviation, have launched a large-scale offensive since December to retake Idlib, the last stronghold of opposition factions and jihadists in Syria, and have bombed hundreds of civilians.

“Millions of civilians have been bombed for months,” Alton said, explaining that “the system regularly targets infrastructure, schools and hospitals.”

He added that “Russia and Iran, which support the regime, will lose all credibility if they fail to honor their pledges to reduce violence and hostilities in Idlib.”

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