Turkish Army sends military and logistic reinforcements for its forces in Idlib
Idlib - SMART
On Tuesday, the Turkish Army sent more reinforcements to its forces stationed in Turkish observation posts in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria. The reinforcement entered through the Kafr Lusin crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Activists reported to SMART that a Turkish military convoy consisting of a tank and BMP-1 vehicle and seven vehicles carrying soldiers and logistic equipment, entered from the border crossing in the village of Kafr Lusin, and headed for the Zawiya mountainous area, southern Idlib, without knowing the exact destination of the convoy.
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Turkey deployed a military patrol 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.
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.