Turkish military reinforcements enter Idlib
On Friday, a Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, through the Kafr Lusin border crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Local activists reported to SMART that a military convoy of seven vehicles, including a fuel tanker, a food truck, and infantry carrier vehicles entered through the crossing and headed south. The activists did not specify the destination of the convoy.
On Thursday, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed the ninth joint military patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia M4 highway. The patrol headed from the Syrian government forces-controlled village of al-Tronba, 7 kilometers southeast of Idlib, down to the edges of the city of Ariha, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, then returned.
The Turkish Army sent many military convoys to Idlib before and after the ceasefire agreement reached by the Turkish and Russian presidents on March 5, 2020. The agreement stated a ceasefire and joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the M4 highway in Idlib. The agreement entered into force on March 6, 2020.
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.