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Russia deploys patrol after agreement with Turkey to open M4 highway in al-Hasakah

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Editing: Malek Al Haddad |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/05/25 10:23

Al-Hasakah - SMART

Russia deployed a military patrol, escorted by civilians' cars, after its agreement with Turkey to reopen the M4 highway between the towns of Ayn Issa, northern al-Raqqa, and Tal Tamr in the al-Hasakah governorate, Northeastern Syria, after months of closure.

On Monday, a media source reported to SMART that about ten Russian military vehicles headed from the al-Qamishli Airport to the town of Tal Tamr (38 kilometers northwest of al-Hasakah). The Russian vehicles prepared to head toward the town of Ayn Issa, northern al-Raqqa, on the M4 highway, escorted by civilians' cars, to confirm the implementation of the agreement with Turkey.

The source added that Turkey and Russia reached an agreement on May 24, 2020 to reopen the M4 highway after it was closed in October 2020.

Earlier, Turkey and Russia deployed a joint military patrol in the al-Darbasiyah area, northern al-Hasakah, as part of implementing the Turkish-Russian agreement regarding Northeastern Syria.

On Oct. 22, 2019, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement that included withdrawing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the safe-zone in Northeastern Syria and deploying Russian-Turkish patrols in the area. After the agreement, Turkey announced ending the military operation that was launched against the SDF on Oct. 9, 2019. During the operation, Turkey gained control of the Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn cities, in addition to dozens of villages in the al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa governorates.