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Turkish military convoy enters Idlib governorate through Kafr Lusin crossing

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/05/22 10:30

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday night, a Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, through the Kafr Lusin crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Media activists reported to SMART that a military convoy of about 30 vehicles, including BMP vehicles and armored personnel carriers, entered the al-Zawiya Mountain through the Kafr Lusin crossing. The activists could not determine the convoy's exact deployment.

On May 20, 2020, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed the 12th joint military patrol to the Latakia-Aleppo international highway (M4). The patrol headed from the village of al-Tronba, 7 kilometers east of Idlib, towards the village of Kafr Shalaya, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, then returned.

The Turkish Army sent huge military convoys to the Idlib governorate before and after the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, announced reaching an agreement 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.

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.