ANKARA

One Turkish soldier was martyred and two others injured in an attack on an armored ambulance in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey’s National Defense Ministry on Friday.  ”

The targets determined in the region were immediately brought under fire by our fire support vehicles and the necessary response was given,” the ministry said in a written statement on the incident that occurred in the province of Idlib. 

The ministry expressed condolences to the martyr’s family, the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish nation, wishing a swift recovery for the injured.

This March, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to “cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area.”

Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone laid out in a deal between Turkey and Russia in late 2018. The Syrian regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the zone.

The de-escalation zone is currently home to 4 million civilians, including hundreds of thousands displaced in recent years by regime forces throughout the war-weary country.

Turkey has worked to protect the local civilian population, as well as rid the wider region of terrorist elements.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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