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Turkish Army sends reinforcements for its forces in Idlib governorate

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/29 10:32

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, the Turkish Army sent new military reinforcements to its forces stationed at observation posts in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, through the Kafr Lusin border crossing between Syria and Turkey.

Activists reported to SMART that a convoy of about 10 military vehicles of the Turkish Army, entered from Kafr Lusin, and headed for the Turkish observation posts in the governorate.

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Turkey deployed a military patrol in the absence of Russian military vehicles, on the Aleppo - Lattakia (M4) highway from Saraqib to Jisr Al-Shughur, west of Idlib.

On Tuesday, June 17, 2020, Turkish reinforcements arrived in Idlib following a convoy consisting of dozens of vehicles logistical and military equipment that entered Idlib on June 13. A similar convoy containing about 40 vehicles carrying logistic equipment also entered Idlib. Two other convoys entered through the Kafr Lusin crossing, the first headed for the military camp of al-Mastouma, while the destination of the second convoy was unknown.

On June 11, 2020, the Turkish Army established a new military post in the village of Al-Mantaf in the Zawiya mountainous area, southern Idlib. On June 6, two Turkish military convoys entered Idlib, while on June 5, armored vehicles and heavy vehicles arrived at the Turkish observation posts in the governorate.

The Turkish Army sent several military convoys to Idlib before and after the Turkish President Erdogan reached an agreement with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin on Mar. 5, 2020, stipulating a cease-fire in Idlib and deploying joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the M$ highway; the agreement entered into forces on Mar. 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.