Turkish soldier killed by sniper fire from Kurdish-controlled Syria

Members of police special forces stand guard during the first hearing of the trial for Turkish soldiers accused of attempting to assassinate Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the failed last year’s July 15 coup, in Mugla, Turkey, February 20, 2017.

A Turkish soldier was killed by a sniper shot from across the border in a Kurdish-controlled part of northwestern Syria, the Turkish military said on Wednesday.

The soldier was killed in the Turkish border province of Hatay. The shooting came two days after the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Russia was setting up a military base in Syria bordering Hatay and would help train its fighters.

The Turkish military said in a statement that it had returned fire in retaliation after the soldier was killed.


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