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Protesters throw stones at Russian-Turkish patrol in Idlib

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/05/28 08:16

Idlib - SMART

On Thursday, protestors threw stones at a joint Russian-Turkish military patrol on the Aleppo-Lattakia international highway (M4) near the city of Ariha, 13 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Eyewitnesses reported to SMART that the protesters, who refuse the deployment of Russian patrols in Idlib, threw stones at the Russian vehicles near the Ariha Bridge.

The sources stated that the Turkish forces deployed patrols, with the participation of officers and mine detection equipment, along the 26-km patrol path, before the 13th joint patrol, which includes six vehicles accompanied by Turkish and Russian reconnaissance aircraft, started.

The sources added that the patrol headed from the Syrian government-controlled village of al-Tronba (7 kilometers east of Idlib) to the village of al-Qiyasat, west of the town of Urum al-Jawz in the Ariha area, southern Idlib, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, and then returned.

On May 20, 2020, the Turkish and Russian armies deployed the 12th joint military patrol to the village of Kafr Shalaya west of Ariha. On May 12 and 14, 2020, protesters intercepted the tenth and 11th joint military patrols and pelted vehicles with eggs and stones as they passed near the city of Ariha. 


On April 13, 2020, Turkish forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters, who intercepted a Turkish patrol near the town of al-Nayrab, eastern Idlib, Northern Syria. About 300 Turkish soldiers removed the protesters' tents and expelled them at the al-Karama 2 post (800 meters east of al-Nayrab), so the protesters threw stones at the soldiers who fired tear gas to disperse them.


Earlier, residents in the town of al-Nayrab held a sit-in to refuse Russian-Turkish patrols on the international highway (M4), after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement in the Idlib governorate on March 5, 2020. The agreement entered into force at 00:01 on March 6, 2020.


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Russian and Turkish forces will deploy joint patrols along the M4 international highway between the villages of al-Tronba and Ain al-Hawr, east of Idlib, starting from March 15, 2020.


On March 10, 2020, Cavusoglu said that Turkey's military will patrol to the north of the M4 highway in the Idlib governorate, and Russian forces will patrol the southern side.

Before the ceasefire agreement, the Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, were launching 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 intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.