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Russian and Turkey deploy joint military patrol in Idlib

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr
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Publication date: 2020/07/01 07:38

Idlib - SMART

On Wednesday, Russia and Turkey deployed a joint military patrol to the Aleppo-Latakia international highway (M4). The patrol reached the outskirts of the Jisr al-Shughur city, 31 kilometers west of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Activists reported to SMART that the Turkish and Russian armies deployed a joint patrol to the M4 highway from Syrian government-controlled areas to Free Syrian Army-controlled areas. The patrol headed from the Syrian government-controlled village of al-Tronba (7 kilometers east of Idlib) towards the city of Jisr al-Shughur, which is controlled by the Free Syrian Army and Islamist battalions, and then returned.

 

The sources added that the patrol took a distance of about 50 kilometers, amidst the deployment of Turkish forces with armored vehicles and engineering teams equipped with mine detection equipment on both sides of the M4 highway to the city of Jisr al-Shughur, which are considered normal procedure for joint patrols.

On June 4, 2020, two landmines exploded while a joint Russian-Turkish military patrol was passing by the M4 highway in Idlib. On June 18, 2020, Turkey deployed a military patrol in the absence of Russian military vehicles from Saraqib to Jisr al-Shughur, west of Idlib.

On May 28, 2020, 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.

On Mar. 5, 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 Mar. 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.