Russia says 50 terrorists belonging to al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, al-Nusra Front, have crossed Turkey’s border into Syria.
According to Press TV, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, citing local witnesses, on Monday that the terrorists and three vehicles loaded with ammunition crossed “from the territory of Turkey” into Syria.
They later arrived in the city of Anadan in the Northern Province of Aleppo to help their fellow terrorists raid Kurdish positions in the Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood, it said.
They launched the offensive against Kurdish fighters later in the day and shelled the region with 30 mortar shells and 14 rockets, but had to retreat to their previously held positions after about two hours. Two civilians were killed and six others injured in the attack.
Last month, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Ankara has been helping terrorists illegally enter Syria and join the terrorist groups that are fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
In February, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said Turkey had assisted Daesh to recruit fellow Takfiris from the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Turkey also stands accused of buying oil from Daesh. Russia has released satellite images, apparently showing long lines of trucks carrying oil from Daesh-controlled areas in northeastern Syria into Turkey.