Erdogan admitted that 59 Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria within a month

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has admitted the death of 59 soldiers from its forces in Idlib during a month of fighting between the Turkish army in support of armed factions with the forefront of "Al-Nusra" against the Syrian army.

Erdogan stated that “Turkey never intended to occupy or annex parts of Syrian lands but rather to create a suitable atmosphere for the return of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees present in Turkey to their Syrian lands,” he said.

Erdogan indicated that “any solution that guarantees the life of Idlib residents and secures the borders of Turkey is acceptable to us” calling on the UN to “open the doors” for Syrian immigrants. Ankara issued directives to the Turkish border guards to don’t try to prevent the smuggling of immigrants trying to reach Greece and Europe, using the « immigrant joker » to pressure European countries to impose sanctions and interfere in Syrian affairs.

The politicization of the humanitarian situation by the Turkish President comes after the heavy losses suffered by his army in the battles of Idlib and Aleppo countryside against the Syrian army which controlled the Aleppo-Damascus international road and was able to secure and reopen it.

This coincided with “Al-Nusra” attacks against the road with the support of the Turkish army to try to recover the areas.

It is noteworthy that the Aleppo-Damascus International Highway was opened again on Saturday 7-3-2020 after being closed for about two weeks due to the developments of the military operation in the city of Saraqib in Idlib countryside, on the international highway and because of confrontations that took place between the Syrian army and the Turkish army with the support of the militants of the terrorist organization « Al-Nusra ».

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