President Erdoğan chairs emergency security meeting
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on late Feb. 27 chaired an emergency security meeting following an attack on Turkish troops in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.
The closed-door meeting, which continued until early Feb. 28 at the Presidential Complex in the capital Ankara, lasted around six hours.
At least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed and scores of others injured in an air strike by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Idlib on late Feb. 27.
Turkey has put under fire all known targets of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria with its air and ground fire support elements, the Turkish communications director said in the early hours of Feb .28.
In a statement, Fahrettin Altun referred to the security meeting.
“The summit stressed that the [Bashar-al] Assad regime is responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, and agreed to retaliate against the illegitimate regime which has turned its barrel against our soldiers who are on duty to protect the rights and interests of the Republic of Turkey,” Altun said.
He said Turkey will continue to put the known targets under fire.
“With this opportunity, we call on all international community, especially the parties of the Astana Process, to fulfill their responsibilities in order to stop the crimes of the regime committed against the humanity,” Altun added.