Germany on Friday condemned Assad regime’s attack on Turkish soldiers stationed in northwestern Idlib province of Syria to protect the civilian population and fight terrorist groups.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the German government was gravely concerned over the recent military escalation in northwestern Syria.

“We condemn the attacks on Turkish military positions which resulted in the death of more than 30 Turkish soldiers and wounded many others,” Seibert said.

He demanded an end to the regime’s military offensive, and underlined that an immediate cease-fire was needed to stop the

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