On May 10th, a rocket attack targeted a convoy of Turkish forces on the road between Kafr Lusin and Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border in northern Idlib.
A column included seven military vehicles of Turkish forces. One soldier was killed and four others were injured as a result of the IED attack, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry. The victim was identified as Lieutenant Osman Alp.
“In the Operation Spring Shield zone, one of our hero fellow soldiers was martyred and four of our heroic fellow soldiers were injured in the rocket attack on our supply convoy on May 10, 2021,” the ministry said on Twitter.
Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq, a militant group believed to be linked to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group claimed that the attack was a revenge for the death of a girl, who had gotten under the wheels of a Turkish armored vehicle a day before in Nairab, Idlib province.
The group has been active in Greater Idlib since November of 2020, and it is targeting Turkish forces on a regular basis. The last its attack took place on March 13th. Another Turkish convoy was hit with an IED in the southwestern outskirt of Idlib.
On May 8th, a convoy of the Turkish Armed Forces came under attack in the eastern countryside of Idlib, after what heavy clashes erupted.
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