Turkey says 4 soldiers killed in Syria government shelling

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry says at least four Turkish soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded in “intensive shelling” by the Syrian government forces in northern Idlib province. It said Turkish forces responded to the attack. The ministry says the shelling occurred despite a prior notification of the coordinates of the Turkish forces that were sent to the Syrian province as reinforcements. The incident comes amid a Syrian government offensive into the country’s last rebel stronghold, located in Idlib and parts of the nearby Aleppo region. Turkish troops are deployed in some of those rebel-held areas to monitor a cease-fire that has since collapsed.