Turkey Claims Syrian Shelling of Turkish Troops, Then Turkish Counterattack–Russia Reports Nothing Happened

Syrian govt shelling kills Turkish troops in Idlib, Ankara says, prompting retaliatory strike

Turkey hits back at 54 regime targets after Syrian shells kill Turkish troops

Russian Defense Ministry denies reports of Turkish air strikes on Syrian troops

Erdogan said earlier that F-16 fighters from the Turkish Air Force and artillery crews had carried strikes on 40 targets in Idlib

Russian Defense Ministry Stoyan Vasev/TASS

Russian Defense Ministry

© Stoyan Vasev/TASS

MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. Turkish aircraft did not enter Syrian airspace to carry out airstrikes on the positions of Syrian government forces, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria (part of the Russian Defense Ministry) said in a statement on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier at a press conference in Ankara that F-16 fighters from the Turkish Air Force and artillery crews had carried strikes on 40 targets in Idlib in response to an attack on the Turkish positions, which had killed four troops. According to Erdogan, the retaliatory attack killed 30-35 Syrians. However, the Turkish president did not specify if they were military servicemen.