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Protesters intercept Russian-Turkish joint patrol west of Kobani

Editing: Nisal Muhana |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/07/02 11:13

On Thursday, protesters threw stones at a Russian-Turkish military patrol west of the city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab), northeast of Aleppo, expressing their refusal to the deployment of these patrols.

The patrol set off from the village of Ashmah, west of the city of Kobani, with the participation of four military armored vehicles, in addition to two Russian helicopters.

Local sources reported to SMART that the Russian helicopters fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the village of Boban, after the residents intercepted the patrol in their villages.

The patrol passed through the villages of Ashmah, Gargili, Qiran, Decamdash, Boban, Siftak, and Tal Shair, then it returned passing through the villages of Sousan, Koula, KhorKouri tahtani, Mishko, and Jabna.

The residents of villages north of al-Hasakah and Kobani threw the previous Russian-Turkish patrols with stones, shoes, and eggs, in protest against the deployment of the patrols and as an expression of refusing the entry of the Turkish Army to their areas.

On Oct. 12, 2019, the Turkish Army opened fire at protesters who tried to block the way of a Russian-Turkish patrol near the city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) in Aleppo, Northern Syria. The shooting injured five civilians, including a woman.

On Oct. 22, 2019, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the safe zone in Syria, and the deployment of joint patrols there. Later, Turkey stopped the military operation launched against the SDF on Oct. 9. During the operation, Turkey gained control of the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, in addition to dozens of villages in the governorates of al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa.