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Turkey and Russia deploy joint patrol to M4 highway in Idlib

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Publication date: 2020/05/05 10:34

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed a new military patrol east of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Local activists reported to SMART-affiliate al-Bawaba in Idlib that the patrol headed from the Syrian government forces-controlled village of al-Tronba, 7 kilometers east of Idlib, to the village of Mseibin in eastern Ariha, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, then returned. 

The Turkish Defense Ministry stated that the Turkish and Russian armies deployed the eighth military patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4) in the villages adjacent to the Syrian government forces-controlled villages, according to Anadolu.

On April 13, 2020, Turkish forces fired 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.

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 western and southern Aleppo countryside. During the attack, 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.