Apr 10, 2020 06:34 UTC
  • Turkey sends another convoy of military vehicles into Syria’s Idlib

A Britain-based war monitor says Turkey has dispatched another military convoy to Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, as Ankara beefs up its military presence in the embattled region following a ceasefire reached earlier this month with Moscow to halt an escalation of violence there.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing activists requesting anonymity, reported that the Turkish convoy, consisting of nearly 25 military vehicles, crossed into the Syrian territory through Kafr Lusin border crossing on Thursday afternoon, and headed toward Turkish positions.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), however, reported that Turkish forces brought in 20 military vehicles.

It noted that the convoy, armed with heavy machine guns, passed through the border village of al-Sokkariyeh and headed towards the villages of al-Dawudiyah and Aniq.

Separately, Turkish military forces and their allied Takfiris fired artillery rounds at Kurdish-controlled towns of Kafr Naya and Sheikh Hilal in addition to the outskirts of Tell Rifaat city, located roughly 40 km north of the city of Aleppo

At least one civilian sustained injuries as a result of the shelling.

The development took place only a day after Turkish troops in Mare' town, located some 25 km north of Aleppo, heavily shelled Kurdish-held areas in the villages of Tell Qarah, Um al-Housh, Ahras, Tall Soussine besides Kafr Naya town, leaving an internally displaced child injured.

The Observatory also reported on Thursday that Turkish forces had established an observation post in Jannat al-Qura village, which lies in the western countryside of Idlib and on the strategic M4 highway.

 Furthermore, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a militant commander from the Turkish-backed so-called Sultan Murad Division has been killed after a bomb explosion struck his car in al-Bab city, which is situated in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.