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Turkish military reinforcements enter Idlib governorate

Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2020/05/12 10:35

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, 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, consisting of two tanks, two fuel trucks, and a personnel carrier, entered from the Kafr Lusin crossing and headed south, without determining its destination.

Few hours earlier, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed a joint patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4). The patrol departed from the Syrian government forces-controlled village of al-Tronba, seven kilometers southeast of Idlib near the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions-controlled city of Ariha, and then returned.

The Turkish Army sent huge military convoys to Idlib 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.

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.