Mar 24, 2020 14:08 UTC
  • Syrian army, residents block US military convoy in Hasakah, force it to move back

A US military convoy has been forced to retreat from an area in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah after government forces blocked its way and groups of angry local residents, upset with its presence in the region, threw stones at the US convoy.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Syrian soldiers stopped the American convoy, consisting of 11 armored vehicles, as it tried to make its way through the village of Hamo in the al-Qamishli countryside of the province.

Locals then threw stones at the US convoy and forced them to retreat.

On March 8, Syrian forces blocked a US military convoy of seven vehicles near the village of Kuzelia, which lies west of Tal Tamr town in the same province.

Local residents then pelted the US troops with stones and cursed at the soldiers, forcing them to turn around and find another route.

Two days earlier, locals at Rumailan al-Basha village in the same Syrian region had hurled stones at US troops as their convoy sought to drive through the area.

Turkish-backed takfiris breach ceasefire in Idlib

Elsewhere in Syria’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish-backed takfiri terrorists have infringed upon the terms of a ceasefire reached earlier this month by Ankara and Moscow to halt an escalation of violence there.

SANA reported that the extremists fired rockets as well as bullets at army positions in Dadikh and Hantutin villages, which lie in the Saraqib and Maarrat al-Nu'man districts of the province respectively.

Syrian troops responded and destroyed the militants’ hideout in return. A number of the terrorists were killed and injured in the process.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced on March 13 that the Russian and Turkish militaries had agreed on the details of a new ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone following four days of talks in Ankara.

Akar said the first joint patrol by Turkey and Russia on the M4 highway in Idlib would take place on March 15, and that Turkey and Russia will set up joint coordination centers in the area.