[UPDATE] 14 Turkish soldiers killed, 33 injured in ISIL attacks in northern Syria

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Turkish soldiers fire an upgraded M60 tank during fighting alongside members of the Free Syrian Army against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near the northern Syrian village of Beraan, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Fourteen Turkish soldiers have been killed and 33 others injured in Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacks in Syria’s al-Bab region, which has increased the number of Turkish soldiers killed during Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield to 35.

The ISIL attack took place on Wednesday morning near a field hospital where the Turkish soldiers were deployed. The bodies of the slain soldiers were transferred to the Gaziantep Council of Forensic Medicine by ambulance and military helicopter.

According to a statement from Turkish military, four soldiers were killed and 15 others injured during an ISIL attack in the morning. Ten soldiers were killed and 18 were injured during ISIL car bomb attacks in the afternoon. Six of the soldiers were seriously injured.

The military also said it had killed 138 terrorists and destroyed 67 ISIL targets in al-Bab.

As part of Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels drive ISIL from the border city of Jarabulus on Aug. 24, in a dramatic escalation of its involvement in the Syrian civil war.

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