Turkish reinforcements enter Syria’s Idlib province
Turkish military reinforcements have entered Syria’s embattled northwestern Idlib province, a Syrian war monitor reported on Wednesday.
A column consisting of more than 30 armoured vehicles carrying logistical and military equipment passed via the Kafr Losin border crossing, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The crossing is located in Turkey’s southernmost Hatay province.
The convoy was en route to what the Observatory called the area of “Putin-Erdoğan” – a possible reference to a security corridor across Idlib that is monitored by Turkey and Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brokered a ceasefire agreement on March 5 to end the fighting in Idlib between Turkish-allied armed groups and the Syrian military, which is backed by Russia.
The deal stipulated the establishment of a security corridor stretching around 6 kilometres north and south of the strategically vital M4 highway which connects Latakia and Saraqib. As part of the agreement, Turkish and Russian military units have conducted joint patrols along the highway to buffer between pro-Damascus forces and rebel and Islamist militias.
According to the Observatory, 5,330 military vehicles and thousands of soldiers from Turkey have entered Syria since the start of the ceasefire.