SOHR activists have reported seeing a large number of Idlib’s residents heading towards Jisr Ariha, on Latakia–Aleppo international highway (M4). The demonstrators are setting up tents for holding a sit-in under the name “I’tsam Al-Karamah” (Sit-in of Dignity), in rejection of Russia–Turkey joint patrols which are expected to be run on Sunday.
Meanwhile, regime forces resumed removing soil barriers, clearing the roads to the M4. for their part, Turkish forces started removing soil barriers near their observation post in Maar Hattat on Damascus–Aleppo international highway (M5).
On Wednesday, SOHR sources reported that regime forces are still removing soil barriers blocking the Aleppo–Latakia international highway (M4), in their controlled areas in Latakia countryside. This development comes as a part of preparations for joint patrols between Turkish and Russian forces which are supposed to be run on the M4 highway on March 15.
The patrols are expected to start from Tarnabah village, west of Saraqeb, to Ain Hoor in Latakia countryside.
A day earlier, SOHR sources reported that regime forces started removing soil barriers near the junction in Kafrya village, which were put on Aleppo–Latakia international highway (M4) in 2012, clearing the way for Turkey–Russia patrols and opening the highway towards Aleppo. Other barricades on the highway are being lift clearing the way towards Ain Al-Hur in Latakia countryside near the administrative border with Idlib.