Assad will face consequences for killing Turkish soldiers: Erdogan

<p style="text-align:left">Syrian President Bashar Assad will face consequences after his forces bombarded areas in Idlib province killing five Turkish soldiers and three personnel on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

&ldquo;Of course, there will be consequences for the regime,&rdquo; Erdogan told reporters on a return flight from Ukraine on Tuesday, referring to Assad&rsquo;s government.
Turkey responded on Monday bombarding dozens of Syrian government targets. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar claimed Turkish forces had hit 54 targets in Idlib and killed 76 Syrian government soldiers.
&ldquo;I believe these operations were a severe lesson, but we aren&rsquo;t going to stop there, we will continue with the same determination,&rdquo; Erdogan said on Tuesday.
Turkey signed a deal with Russia in September 2018 to halt the Syrian government advance, but Assad&rsquo;s forces began bombarding Idlib again last April after they said Turkey had allowed extremists to dominate the province in breach of the agreement.
Erdogan stressed that Turkey was still closely cooperating with Russia and that no serious conflict existed between the countries despite the fighting on Monday.
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