[UPDATE] Turkish losses in Syria rise to 69 after Russian airstrike kills 3

Murside Uslu, mother of Mahmut Uslu, one of five Turkish soldiers killed on Ferbuary 7, in an attack by IS militants around the Syrian town al-Bab, walks behind a portrait of her late son holding by a turkish soldier, during his funeral ceremony in Ankara, on February 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

The number of Turkish soldiers killed during Operation Euphrates Shield has risen to 69 with the latest losses as a result of Russia’s airstrike on a building occupied by Turkish forces in northern Syria.

Eleven soldiers were wounded on Thursday, one critically, in the Russian offensive, which it claims was accidental.

Earlier on Thursday, five more Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 others were injured in an attack perpetrated by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Syria’s al-Bab region.

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

Five other soldiers were killed and 12 others were injured in another ISIL attack in the same area on Wednesday.


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