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Protesters pelt eggs and throw stones at Russian-Turkish patrol in Idlib

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Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/05/12 08:32

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, sit-in protesters pelted eggs and threw stones at a Russian-Turkish joint patrol on the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4) near the city of Ariha, 13 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Local sources reported to SMART that the protesters, who refuse deploying joint patrols, threw stones and eggs at the Russian-Turkish patrol near the Ariha bridge.

On Apr. 13, 2020, Turkish forces used tear gas to scatter protesters who blocked the road near the town of al-Nayrab, as about 300 Turkish soldiers removed the protesters’ tents and expelled them from the al-Karamah 2 point, 900 meters east of al-Nayrab. The protesters responded by throwing stones at the soldiers, who used tear gas to scatter them.

The sources clarified that this is the tenth joint patrol on the M4 highway; the patrol included ten Russian and Turkish military vehicles, escorted by Russian warplanes and reconnaissance aircrafts.

The tenth patrol departed from the Syrian government forces-controlled village of al-Tronba, seven kilometers southeast of the city of Idlib near the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions-controlled city of Ariha, and then returned.

On May 7, 2020, Turkey and Russia deployed the ninth patrol from al-Tronba to the perimeters of Ariha, while on May 5, 2020, the eighth patrol departed from al-Tronba and reached the village of Mseibin.

Earlier, people held a sit-in protest in al-Nayrab, refusing the Turkish-Russian patrols on the M4 highway. The sit-in came after the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, announced reaching a ceasefire agreement in the Idlib governorate. The agreement entered into force on Friday Mar. 6, 2020 at 00:01 am.

On Mar. 10, 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.