Turkish Army sends logistic reinforcements for its forces in Idlib governorate
Idlib - SMART
On Friday, 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 about 20 vehicles carrying logistic equipment, entered from the border crossing in the village of Kafr Lusin, and headed to the Zawiya southern countryside of Idlib, without knowing the exact destination of the convoy.
On July 1, 2020, 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.
On June 30, 2020, a Turkish military convoy consisting of a tank and an armored vehicle entered Idlib, after a military convoy of about 10 vehicles entered Idlib on June 29, 2020. On Tuesday, June 17, 2020, Turkish reinforcements arrived in Idlib following a convoy consisting of dozens of vehicles carrying logistical and military equipment that entered Idlib on June 13. A similar convoy containing about 40 vehicles carrying logistic equipment also entered Idlib.
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 M4 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.