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Idlib: Turkish forces bolster positions, new observation points established

Local | 2020-03-26 11:54:00
Idlib: Turkish forces bolster positions, new observation points established
(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Turkish army on Thursday has established a new observation point on the strategic M4 highway near Jisr al-Shughour city, according to Zaman Al Wasl reporter. 

The new outpost was established in the town of al-Kfayr west of Idlib city on the Aleppo-Latakia highway, known as the M4.

Over the past three weeks, Turkish forces set up six observation points in al-Ghassaneyah, Bidama, al-Najiyeh, and al-Zainiya, al-Misherfah and Tel Khattab, an array of villages located inthe Jisr al-Shughour region.

The rapid deployments by both sides, Turkey and the Syrian regime, have been continuing despite a ceasefire deal reached early March in northwestern Syria.

Local monitors have recorded multiple violations.

On Tuesday, a Syrian military convoy was sent to reinforce regime army bastions in Idlib province, rebel source told Zaman Al-Wasl.

The regime trucks were carrying 200 troops operating in the 25th Special Missions Division, five tanks and 40 and armored vehicles.

Turkey, which backs rebels opposed to Bashar al-Assad, agreed a ceasefire with Russia three weeks ago after months of fighting displaced nearly 1 million people in Idlib. Moscow supports Syrian regime forces.

The truce halted a terrifying three-month air and ground campaign that killed hundreds and sent 1 million people fleeing toward the Turkish border.
 
The agreement did not force the Assad forces to roll back significant military gains made in Russian-backed offensive for the past three months — a key Turkish demand prior to the talks.

The regime offensive in Idlib province and parts of Aleppo has displaced more than 1,041000 people from their homes and killed 700 people, including 91 women, 212 children and 17 rescue workers, over the past three months, he Syrian Response Coordination Group said.

In relevant development, Iran's Revolutionary Guards have formed a command center in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo province and parts of Idlib. 

The joint command room included top commanders of the IRG, Hezbollah and the Iraqi and Afghan militias.

Also, 17 more Iranian outposts were set up the southwestern countryside of Aleppo and eastern Idlib region. About 2000 militants and heavy weapons were deployed in the new positions, rebel commander told Zaman Al-Wasl.

The eight-year-old war has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands and forced 13 million people from their homes, half of whom have left their shattered homeland.

Zaman A Wasl
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