Turkey and Russia deploy new joint patrol to Aleppo-Latakia highway in Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Thursday, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed a new military patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia highway (M4), southeast of Idlib, Northern Syria.
Local activists reported to SMART that the seventh joint patrol headed from the Syrian government-controlled village of al-Tronba (7 kilometers east of Idlib), towards the village of al-Nayrab, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, and then the patrol returned.
On April 28, the Turkish Ministry of Defense stated that the Turkish and Russian armies deployed the sixth joint patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia highway, in the villages adjacent to Syrian government-controlled areas, according to Anadolu.
Hours ago, Turkey called on the people of Idlib governorate through paper leaflets, to support it to open the Aleppo-Damascus (M5) and Aleppo-Latakia (M4) international highways.
On April 26, 2020, clashes between Turkish forces and protesters in sit-in on the Aleppo-Latakia highway (M4) near the town of al-Nayrab, south of the city of Idlib, killed a man and injured others.
On April 13, 2020, Turkish forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters, who intercepted a Turkish patrol near the town of al-Nayrab, eastern Idlib, Northern Syria. About 300 Turkish soldiers removed the protesters' tents and expelled them at the al-Karama 2 post (800 meters east of al-Nayrab), so the protesters threw stones at the soldiers who fired tear gas to disperse them.
Earlier, residents in the town of al-Nayrab held a sit-in to refuse Russian-Turkish patrols on the international highway (M4), after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement in the Idlib governorate on March 5, 2020. The agreement entered into force at 00:01 on March 6, 2020.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Russian and Turkish forces will deploy joint patrols along the M4 international highway between the villages of al-Tronba and Ain al-Hawr, east of Idlib, starting from March 15, 2020.
On March 10, 2020, Cavusoglu said that Turkey's military will patrol to the north of the M4 highway in the Idlib governorate, and Russian forces will patrol the southern side.
Before the ceasefire agreement, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, were launching a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. The Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.