Russian forces conduct second patrol this week in Derik, Syria
DERIK, Syria (North Press) – On Monday, Russian Military Police conducted a patrol in the countryside of Derik, in the far northeast region of Syria.
Local sources from the village of Sarmsakh Fawqani in the western countryside of Derik told North Press that a Russian patrol consisting of five armored vehicles and accompanied by two helicopters crossed from the village at noon on Monday.
The sources added that the patrol headed to the village of Jelka in the countryside of the town of Girke Lege in the city of Derik.
Last Saturday, the Russian police conducted two separate patrols in the western and southeastern countryside of Derik.
During the past few days, the Derik area has witnessed intense flights of Russian helicopters, which sources suggested are exploring the possibility of establishing a military post in the area.
Over the past few months, Russian forces tried to establish a military post in the village of Qasr Deeb south of Derik, but withdrew from it after the residents of the village protested.
In a related context, Russian Military Police conducted a joint patrol with Turkish forces in the countryside of the city of Derbasiya, north of Hasakah, on Monday.
The joint patrol consisted of four Russian armored vehicles and one Turkish vehicle.
The patrol set off from the Sherik village, crossing 13 km west of Derbasiya to the countryside of the town of Abu Rasin (Zarkan) in the countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), coinciding with the flight of Russian helicopters over the area, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.