One Turkish soldier killed, two wounded in al-Bab

One Turkish soldier has died and two have been injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, the Turkish chief of general staff says.

The Turkish army is in al-Bab as part of its Euphrates Shield operation which is continuing its efforts to take the town from the Islamic State (IS) group.

Today’s death takes the total number of Turkish soldiers killed in the operation to 69 since the operation started on 24 August, 2016.

How far the Turkish army and the Free Syrian Army groups it is backing have advanced into al-Bab cannot be independently verified.

Last week the Turkish chief of general staff had claimed that the operation for al-Bab was “over”, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that IS was pushing the Turkish army back in some places inside the town.