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Turkey’s military movement | Forces in Murek pack up, preparing to leave major observation post in northern Hama

Reliable sources have told SOHR that Turkish forces, stationed in Murek observation post in regime-controlled areas in the northern countryside of Hama, started disassembling the observation post, in preparation for leaving it. It is worth noting that the observation post in Murek is the largest Turkish military post in northern Hama and the Turks have been stationed there for nearly two years and four months.


The evacuation of Murek post is underway, although the Turkish president have repeatedly announced that regime forces have to leave all areas captured since April 2019, and despite his threats to expel regime forces in the case that they do not withdraw.


It is worth noting that Turkish forces have evaded paying the rent to the owner of the plot of land where the Turkish post is established. SOHR sources reported on September 21 that the owner of the land, on which the Turkish observation post has been established in Murek, continued asking Al-Sham Corps to pay the rent of his land, since the military corps had mediated between the land owner and Turkish forces to establish the observation post on his land. However, the Turkish forces and Al-Sham Corps evaded paying the rent due of the land for nearly two years and three months.


Reliable SOHR sources confirmed that the Turkish-backed Al-Sham Corps informed the land owner that the contract was not recognized, and he could do nothing until the factions return to Murek.


It is worth noting that the land belongs to (M.M.), who kept trying to get the financial dues, but all his efforts failed, and he received nothing but lies and unfulfilled promises by Turkish forces and the factions.


Observatory sources reported early this year that Turkish forces, stationed at “Observation” post in Murek town in northern rural, continued to refrain from paying the rent of the land on which the post is located.


SOHR reliable sources confirmed that the Turks had not paid the land’s rents due for a year and a half to its owner, (M.M.).


SOHR sources said that the land owner agreed with Al Sham Corps faction, which has strong ties to Turkey, that the lessee had to pay $700 for each dunam of land. However, no terms of the contract were fulfilled, as the Turks never paid the rents due. Moreover, the contract expired in early June and was not renewed, despite the fact that Turkish forces remained in positions, but on the contrary, Turkish forces expanded their presences by taking more plots of the land and started cutting down pistachio trees.


On many occasions, (M.M.) uselessly tried hard to collect his dues, but “Turkish officers” told him that they had informed their leaders and awaiting a response. “The landowner complained to ‘Al Sham Corps’ faction, as it has strong ties to Turkey, but in vain,” said SOHR sources.


It is worth noting that the ninth Turkish post in Murek was established to monitor the “ceasefire”. However, it monitored nothing over the past months but the Russian and regime forces advances and seizure  of the entire northern rural Hama, which brought the post within the regime-controlled areas.