October 31, 2019 / 12:57 PM / 18 days ago

Turkey says in talks with Russia about handing over 18 Syrian troops

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar speaks during an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, October 23, 2019. Turkish Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is in talks with Russia to hand over 18 people believed to be members of the Syrian government forces, who were captured near the northern Syrian town of Ras Al Ain, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday.

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that 18 people, had been captured near Ras al Ain, which Turkey targeted in its offensive, and added that the issue was being coordinated with Russian officials.

Earlier on Tuesday, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels said they had arrested an undisclosed number of Syrian army soldiers near Tel Hawa, in the Ras al Ain countryside.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Orhan Coskun; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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