Force will be used against those who break ceasefire, and all measures will be taken, says Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.
Turkey is determined to push back Syrian regime forces from observation posts in Idlib by end-February, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party meeting.
In an interview with AP, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said that Turkey would not vacate any of its 12 observation posts in Idlib and warned that Turkish soldiers were under orders to retaliate forcefully against Assad attacks on the military posts.
Turkey's President Erdogan says a resounding blow has been dealt to Bashar al Assad's regime over attack on Turkish soldiers.
At least nine civilians were killed in Ibn Semaan village of Aleppo province, war monitor SOHR says, adding 20 other civilians were killed in neighbouring provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.
Turkish defence ministry saysTurkish observation posts in Syria's Idlib will “continue their duties and are capable of protecting themselves with the weapons and equipment they possess.”
If the Syrian regime does not retreat from Turkish observation posts in Idlib, Turkey will use force, President Erdogan warned at a parliamentary meeting.
Renewed violence tightened the noose around Syria's last major rebel-held bastion and deepened an already dire humanitarian crisis.
The proxy wars are being fought by countries over land that doesn't belong to them and its the Iraqis who are paying with their lives.
Turkish troops at posts have orders to respond to any acts of hostility, defence minister tells commanders at Syrian border.
Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib province have been fleeing while regime forces have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a rebel-held town, Maaret al Numan.
War monitor SOHR says regime push "is an attempt to get closer to Maaret al Numan" in Idlib province which Russia and regime have intensely bombed fuelling exodus of Syrians, many of whom Turkey's President Erdogan says are marching towards Turkey.
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