Russian troops reopen Qal’at al-Madiq crossing in Hama after days of closure

تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 15 أغسطس، 2018 8:50:06 ص خبر عسكري قوات النظام السوري

Hama - SMART

On Tuesday, Russian troops and the Fourth Division of the Syrian government forces reopened the Qal’at al-Madiq crossing between areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamist battalions and those controlled by the Syrian government in Western Hama, Central Syria. The Syrian government’s Fourth Division closed the crossing on Saturday.

Local sources and activists waiting for the crossing to reopen reported that the Russian troops reopened the crossing in both directions, allowing civilians to cross after the end of a disagreement between the Russian troops and the Fourth Division of the Syrian government forces.

The sources reported members of the checkpoint saying that the Syrian government forces closed the crossing after a disagreement between members of the Fourth Division and Russian troops. The Fourth Division protested because they wanted to be involved in managing the crossing after the Russian troops were deployed to it and took over the management.

The sources provided no information about the agreement between the Russian troops and members of the Fourth Division that led to the reopening of the crossing.

The crossing’s closure affected economic movement in areas controlled by the FSA factions and Islamist battalions. The prices of pistachio in Northern Hama decreased from 1,100 to 900 Syrian pounds, forcing residents to peel pistachios and store them until the crossing reopened.

The price of petrol from areas controlled by the Syrian government forces increased to between 450 and 500 SYP per liter; however, the prices of food and vegetables remained stable.

On Saturday, Russian troops deployed to the side controlled by the Syrian government forces of the Qal’at al-Madiq and Mourek crossings.

The Russian troops’ deployment came after the guarantor states of the Astana Talks (Turkey, Russia, and Iran) reached the de-escalation agreement, which includes Idlib and areas in the Aleppo and Hama governorates. Turkey established monitoring outposts in the areas controlled by the opposition factions; however, Russia established similar outposts in the areas controlled by the Syrian government.

Upon reaching the agreement, Turkey established 12 monitoring outposts in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama, including an outpost near the city of Mourek and another that overlooks the city of Qal’at al-Madiq.

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تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 15 أغسطس، 2018 8:50:06 ص خبر عسكري قوات النظام السوري
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