Turkey’s president has warned the Syrian government that it will “pay a very, very heavy price” for attacks on Turkish soldiers in north-west Syria.
Five troops were killed in opposition-held Idlib province on Monday, as the Syrian army continued an offensive.
Turkish forces struck dozens of targets in response, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “It will continue.”
Meanwhile, Syrian soldiers came close to regaining full control of the country’s main north-south highway.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, reported on Tuesday morning that they had driven rebel and jihadist fighters from the last section of the M5 that they held just west of the city of Aleppo.
However, there was no confirmation from the army or state media, and clashes were reportedly ongoing along parts of the highway on Tuesday afternoon.
The government has not controlled the entire M5 highway, which connects Aleppo with the capital Damascus and the border with Jordan, since 2012.
Also on Tuesday, a government helicopter was reportedly shot down near the village of Nayrab, south-east of the opposition-held city of Idlib, killing its crew. Videos appeared to show the helicopter on fire before it plummeted to the ground.
And 12 civilians, six of them children, were killed and 30 were wounded…