Turkey calls people of Idlib to support opening international highways and not to believe those who are “disturbed by the calm”
Idlib - SMART
On Thursday, Turkey called on locals of Idlib, Northern Syria to support the Turkish military, which aims to open the Aleppo-Damascus (M5) and the Aleppo-Latakia (M4) highways and not to believe “lies of those who are disturbed by the calm and peaceful environment.”
Local sources reported to SMART that the Turkish Army distributed leaflets to locals in several areas, including the city of Ariha. The leaflet stated that Turkey’s goal was prevent violence and to ensure that citizens who fled the fighting could return and the region’s economy could be revived by opening the major M4 and M5 highways.
The leaflets said, “We wish you would help the Turkish army, which works for you so that you can live safely and peacefully in your area, do not believe the lies of those who are disturbed by the calm and peaceful environment that we provide in Idlib, those who want to deceive you and spread sedition among brothers, and we will work to bring security and peace to the region.”
On Apr. 26, 2020, clashes between Turkish forces and sit-in protesters killed a protester and injured others on the Aleppo-Latakia highway near the town of al-Nerab, south of the city of Idlib.
On March 5, 2020, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement in Idlib. The agreement entered into force at 00:01 on March 6, 2020.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoglu said that Turkey will patrol to the north of a security corridor being set up around the M4 highway in northwest Syria’s Idlib and Russian forces will patrol the southern side.
Earlier, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, launched 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 intensified shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and forced hundreds of thousands to displace.