The Turkish army launched new missile strikes against the military and civilians of the Syrian city of al-Arima, located in Aleppo province. This was reported by sources of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
At least four Syrian soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in the attack. The number of civilians injured is also reported: the exact number of wounded and killed is not yet known. The Turkish military began to strike Syrian army positions in the neighboring Aleppo province of Idlib on the night of February 28. The attack was in response to the shelling of a Turkish convoy in the Jebel al-Sawai area, which killed 33 soldiers and wounded 32 others. Turkey has vowed to avenge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the deaths of soldiers and has called a nato council meeting.
The Syrian army, as a result of the January-February offensive, occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind Turkish observation posts. This angered Ankara, and Erdogan said that if the Syrian troops do not withdraw from the line of posts by the end of February, the Turkish army will launch a military operation.