The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that Operation Spring Shield, which it carried out between February 27 and March 5, 2020, “prevented a major humanitarian tragedy” in northern Syria.
This came in a statement published by the ministry on its Twitter account on Saturday marking the first anniversary of the military operation in Idlib.
She explained that the operation was aimed at preventing the expansion of the Syrian forces and ensuring the security of the Turkish forces in the region.
It also stated in the statement that “the operation prevented a wave of immigration towards the Turkish border,” noting that it aimed “to ensure the security of the population in the region and their return to their homes in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner.”
The Ministry confirmed that the “Spring Shield” that took place by land and air was successfully completed on March 5, 2020, and “prevented a major humanitarian tragedy from occurring in Idlib.”
She pointed out that the operation resulted in the neutralization of 3,473 members of the Syrian forces, as well as 3 aircraft, 8 helicopters, an armed drone, 93 tanks, 36 armored vehicles, 67 artillery and 10 air defense systems.