Turkish soldiers wounded in Syria shelling, forcing convoy to retreat

Several Turkish soldiers were wounded in shelling by Syrian government forces in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave of Idlib on Sunday, Reuters said on Sunday, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad targeted a Turkish military convoy with heavy artillery and forced the Turkish forces to retreat towards Turkey, Reuters said.

Sixteen Turkish military personnel have been killed in shelling by Syrian government forces this month in Idlib, where more than 3 million inhabitants, many of them civilians who fled fighting elsewhere in the country, as well as thousands of rebels have taken refuge.

Turkey bombarded dozens of Syrian army targets in retaliation and has been sending large numbers of reinforcements into the region.