Turkish Troops Perish As Both Nations Shift Blame In Syria
The Syrian war is taking a new turn everyday as the offensive action of Turkey with Russia and vice versa continues to threaten the ceasefire efforts in Syria. In a recent revelation, the UN chief Antonio Guterres while addressing a Security Council meeting said that it an increase in fighting in northwest Syria that killed dozens of Turkish troops as “one of the most alarming moments”.
The 15 member Security Council met for an urgent meeting after 33 soldiers lost their lives, at the hands of Russian backed Syrian government troops. Despite warnings from Russia that is favoring the other side, Turkey has been sending thousands of troops and heavy military hardware into Idlib region in an unprecedented incursion to back the rebels.
Russia is siding with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces by providing strong air power.
Russia has denied prior knowledge of the presence of these troops and brushed the blame aside. However, the Turkish ambassador has accused the Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia of falsifying the claim that Turkish troops had shared the wrong coordinates of their whereabouts.
According to Nebenzia, Turkish troops perished because they shared the wrong coordinates and Russia acted as soon as it knew that on land Turkish troops had perished.
The Turkish U.N. Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu has claimed that actually “radar tracks” showed that Syrian government and Russian aircraft were flying in formation during the time of the attack.
The UN Security Council is asking both Russia and Turkey to ceasefire in order the worst hit, the civilian population can see hope of a peaceful Syria soon. Guterres has already urged for an immediate ceasefire “before the situation gets entirely out of control,” adding that: “Civilians are paying the gravest price … And the noose keeps tightening, as the frontlines reach more densely populated areas.”