BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Several reports from northwestern Syria have claimed that dozens of Turkish soldiers were killed this evening after an airstrike struck their positions inside the Idlib Governorate.
According to the Step News Agency, a large number of Turkish soldiers were killed and many more wounded by an airstrike in the Idlib Governorate.
— Step News Agency – وكالة ستيب الإخبارية (@Step_Agency) February 27, 2020
These claims have mostly been made by opposition media and have yet to be confirmed by the Turkish Armed Forces.
However, if true, this would be the deadliest day for the Turkish Armed Forces in Syria, as three soldiers were reportedly killed earlier today.
A video has since surfaced as well showing the Turkish Armed Forces seeking shelter from an airstrike carried out by what is likely the Syrian or Russian air forces.
Update (10:32 P.M.) – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports 34 Turkish soldiers killed in an air raid near the towns of Al-Barah an Bilioun in southern Idlib.
Update (10:51 P.M.) – Governor of the Hatay Province says 9 soldiers from the Turkish military were killed this evening after they were attacked by the Syrian military.
Update (11:39 P.M.) – Governor of Hatay Province says death toll rises from 9 to 22.