Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem - Reuters
CAIRO - 1 March 2020: The Syrian government and the interim government based in Libya’s Tobruk signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for each to open the headquarters of its diplomatic missions at the other country and coordinate stances in international forums, particularly against Turkish aggression.
As reported by Russia Today, the MoU was signed in a meeting between Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Maalem and a Libyan delegation chaired by Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Abdel Rahman and al-Ahrash and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdel Hady Howeigy.
In a similar context, field sources told Sputnik that the pilots of two Syrian fighter jets survived the targeting of their aircrafts in Saraqib, located in the eastern countryside of Idlib. The jets were hit by Turkish missiles as they were executing operations against Qaeda militants.
Furthermore, the Turkish army announced on Sunday targeting Nayrab Military Airport located in Aleppo putting it out of service as part of the “Spring Shield Operation” launched against the Syrian Arab Army in Idlib earlier on March 1.
On the other hand, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the Syrian Arab Army downed four Turkish drones on Sunday in the southeastern countryside of Idlib.
Earlier on Sunday, the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces declared banning aviation in northeastern Syria, particularly over Idlib. The statement affirmed that any jet that violates the airspace will be downed and banned from committing aggression.
Deadly engagements took place on February 27 between the Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian Air Force on one hand, and Turkey-backed militants and Turkish Troops on the other hand.
In February, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to restore control over dozens of villages and towns in the countryside of Idlib, Aleppo, and Latakia as well as the M4 and M5 highways connecting those governorates together and with Damascus.
CAIRO - 29 February 2020: Turkish opposition platforms reported according to military sources that the number of soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib since February 27 recorded 200 while that of the injured is 70-80.
On February 27, seven Turkish soldiers were killed in Mitiga International Airport in an attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA). The airport is under the control of militias protecting the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which is an interim not elected government that is, yet, recognized by the United Nations.
Turkey has been backing Tripoli militias after it had signed two MoUs with GNA in December to achieve cooperation in the sectors of defense and gas drilling in the Mediterranean.