Northwest Syria is the last remaining rebel stronghold after more than eight years of war [Khalil Ashawi/Reuters]

A Turkish soldier was killed and three others were wounded when their observation post in Syria‘s Idlib region was attacked by shelling and mortar fire from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

Attacks were launched from territory controlled by Syrian government forces and were judged to have been carried out deliberately, Turkey’s defence ministry said in a statement late Thursday.

The wounded were evacuated and receiving treatment, it added.

The Turkish military subsequently opened fire on Syrian government forces’ positions where the attacks were launched.

Syria and its ally Russia launched major operations in April in Syria’s rebel-held northwest, where Turkish forces also have a presence near their

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