A Syrian government airstrike in the country's Idlib province on Thursday killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers and injured 30 more, Turkish officials said. Syrian rebels backed by Turkey have control of some territory in Idlib, and the Syrian government, with the support of Russia, is trying to retake those areas. Turkey began sending more troops to Idlib earlier this month, in an attempt to slow down the Syrian army's advance across the province. The intense fighting has sparked Syria's latest humanitarian crisis, as hundreds of thousands of displaced people are now fleeing toward the Turkish border. After the airstrike, a senior Turkish official told Reuters the government has "decided, effective immediately, not to stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe by land or sea. All refugees, including Syrians, are now welcome to cross into the European Union." There are 3.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
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