Turkey’s Defense Ministry vowed on Friday to retaliate to any kind of attacks against its posts in Syria’s Idlib.
“All kind of attacks will be retaliated in proportion, our observation posts [in Idlib] will continue their duties,” Col. Olcay Denizer, a Defense Ministry spokesman, told a press briefing in the capital Ankara.
“Our troops are ready to retaliate against any attack on our observation posts under the right of self-defense,” he said as quoted by Andolu news agency.
Denizer also said Turkish army elements retaliated against more than 500 harassing fire and attacks under the “right of self-defense.”
As part of the so-called “Operation Peace Spring”, Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria, an area of more than 4,000 kilometer square (nearly 2,500 miles square) was taken under control, he added.
Denizer stated that the activities continue as part of the agreement reached by Turkey and Russia on Oct. 22, 2019 in Sochi.
Syria firmly rejects the Turkish presence in its territory as an occupation. On Thursday (February 6, 2020) Syrian Army General Command voiced determination to cleanse all the Syrian territories from terrorists. It stressed that all Turkish and Israeli attempts to support terrorists won’t prevent the Syrian armed forces from liberating the Syrian territories.