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2 Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib hours after Putin, Erdoğan meeting

This handout picture taken and released on January 25, 2018 shows President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3R) adressing soldiers during his visit to Operating Base in Hatay on the sixth day of 'Operation Olive Branch'. / AFP PHOTO

Two Turkish soldiers died and three others were wounded when Syrian government forces opened fire in Syria’s Idlib region, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

In a statement the ministry said Turkish forces responded with fire power to the government forces.

The deadly clash came hours after a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who later announced a ceasefire in Idlib.

More than 50 Turkish soldiers have been killed along with rebels in the recently intensifying conflict.

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