Turkey begins funerals for soldiers killed in Russian airstrike

Turkey begins funerals for soldiers killed in Russian airstrike
By Robert Hackwill
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The funerals have begun for the three soldiers who were killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria on Thursday.


Turkey has begun the funeral ceremonies for the three soliders who were killed in an alleged “friendly fire” incident on Thursday.

The men died after their position was hit by a Russian airstrike. Russia and Turkey have agreed to combat ISIL in Syria together, and the Russians have apologised for the incident. Eleven others were wounded.

However the Russians say their planes attacked co-ordinates supplied to them by the Turkish military, and that the Turkish soldiers should not have been there. Moscow says joint actions need to be better co-ordinated.

There are reports coming in about the fighting in Al Bab, with one suggesting Turkish troops are engaged in fighting with Syrian army forces, but this has not been confirmed. The Turks appear to have accepted better communication is needed, and that the incident is an accident.

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