Al-Bab (KDN) – A Russian warplane ‘accidentally’ hit a building housing Turkish Armed Forces units during air operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria’s al-Bab on Feb. 9, killing three soldiers and wounding another 11, the Turkish Armed Forces has announced.
The military said the incident occurred at around 8:40 a.m. in the region where the Euphrates Shield Operation has been continuing.
The wounded soldiers were immediately taken to hospitals, the military said.
It also stated that Russian officials called the incident an accident, as they expressed their sadness and condolences.
According to the military, the Russian president also called President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after the incident and extended his condolences.
5 more soldiers killed
Five more Turkish soldiers were also killed and 10 others were wounded in clashes on Feb. 9, Turkish media reported, bringing the total number of Turkish dead to 13 in two days of fierce battle.