The fighting in Idlib comes despite a deal between Russia and rebel backer Turkey last year to try and avert a full-scale offensive in the Syrian region. — AFP Photo
ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed with his US counterpart Donald Trump to continue cooperation on Syria's Idlib to avert new humanitarian crises, Ankara said on Wednesday.
The pair "agreed to continue cooperation for the protection of civilians in Idlib where regime attacks continue, and prevention of new humanitarian crises" in a phone call late Wednesday, the Turkish presidency said.
After months of heavy bombardment, the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive against Idlib, the last major province of Syria outside government control.
Earlier on Wednesday, air raids hit near a Turkish military post in the area of Sheir Maghar, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, after Ankara vowed to take necessary steps to protect its troops deployed across the border.
Erdogan on Tuesday said the situation in Idlib had put lives of the country's soldiers at risk and vowed necessary steps would be taken when needed. — AFP