المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkey’s withdrawals | Turkish forces dismantle posts in regime-held areas, leaving to them to rebel-controlled areas

Syrian Observatory activists have monitored Turkish vehicles leaving the Turkish posts in Tal Al-Tuqan in Idlib countryside and Al-Eis in south Aleppo countryside.

 

This development comes as a part of preparations by Turkish forces to withdraw completely from the besieged military and observation posts in regime-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib and Hama in the next few days, as Turkish forces have been seen dismantling military and logistical equipment in their posts, transporting them to areas controlled by opposition factions in Aleppo and Idlib countryside.

 

SOHR sources suggest that the Turkish forces’ full withdrawal and handing over of posts will be accomplished in early 2021.

 

The recent withdrawals come as a part of implementing the Russian-Turkish agreement concerning the opening of Aleppo-Latakia international highwah (M4).

 

A few days ago, Syrian Observatory activists monitored several vehicles and trucks leaving the Turkish base in Al-Sarman village in the eastern countryside of Idlib, as a part of preparations to evacuate the post completely in the following few days.

 

On the other hand, regime forces raised the Syrian regime flag on the Turkish post in “Al-Kurani” factory on Aleppo-Damascus international highway (M5), after Turkish forces’ complete evacuation from this post.

 

Accordingly, Turkish forces have withdrawn completely from the posts of Murek. Al-Sena’a near Saraqeb and “Al-Kurani” factory on M5, while five other posts in Idlib and Aleppo are being evacuated and it is expected to be handed over to regime forces in the next few days, and they are the following posts: Shir Mghar, Al-Rashideen, Al-Sarman, Qubaytan Al-Jabal and Maar Htat.

 

On December 9, reliable sources told SOHR that Turkish forces started to evacuate three besieged military posts in regime-held areas. The three posts are Al-Saraman base in east Idlib countryside, Khan Tuman base in the southern countryside of Aleppo, and Al-Rashideen base in the western countryside of Aleppo. it is worth noting that the Turkish forces are redeployed in positions in Jabal Al-Zawiyah in the southern countryside of Idlib.

 

In the past few days and weeks, SOHR activists monitored successive developments in the “de-escalation zone”, the most prominent of which was the Turkish forces’ pull-out from several Turkish observation and military posts in regime-controlled areas in Hama countryside in mid-October, which followed by consecutive pull-outs from several posts in Idlib and Aleppo. The Turkish forces later repositioned in rebel controlled areas in Jabal Al-Zawiyah overlooking Aleppo-Damascus international highway (M5), as a part of the Russian-Turkish agreement stipulating for the withdrawal of Turkish forces from their posts which had come under the control of the Russian and regime forces. Meanwhile, the Turkish forces refuse to hand over the rest of observation posts to the Russian and regime forces, although they handed over Murek post nearly two months earlier.

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