The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Following Turkish threats to invade north Syria | Two Russian jets and six helicopters land in Al-Qamishly airport

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have reported that two Russian warplanes and six helicopters have landed in Al-Qamishly Airport in Al-Hasakah countryside, coinciding with medial escalation for the Turkish military operation targeting SDF-held areas northern of Syria.

Russian helicopters were flying at low altitude over Al-Hasakah countryside near “Peace Spring” areas, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxies, for the second time today.

According to reliable SOHR sources, six helicopters took off from Al-Qamishly Airport and headed towards Al-Dirbasiyah on borders with Turkey and towards Abo Rasen (Zarkan) countryside north western of Al-Hasakah, to send reassurance messages to the residents and SDF.

A few hours ago, SOHR sources reported that regime officers escorted by Russian forces and members of SDF Relation Commission conducted inspection tour at regime positions along an area from the Syria-Turkey border in east and west Al-Darbasiyah countryside to the frontlines with “National Army” and Turkish forces in Abu Rasin countryside (Zarkan) in north-western Al-Hasakah. Meanwhile, Russian aircraft flew over the area, providing guarding to the convoy. It is worth noting that such tours by joint patrols of regime, Russian forces and SDF are very rare in that region.

SOHR activists reported frequent flights by Russian and Coalition helicopters, fighter jets and drones in the airspace of the northern and north-western countryside of Al-Hasakah since early hours of Friday morning.

According to Observatory sources, two Russian helicopters were flying Al-Qamishli, Amuda, Al-Darbasiyyah on the Syria-Turkey border and Abu Rasin (Zarkan) in the north-western countryside of Al-Hasakah since 06:00 am.

On the other hand, US drones and helicopters flew over Qasrak base in the east of Tel Tamr in north-western Al-Hasakah, heading to areas in the south of Al-Darbasiyyah and the east of Abu Rasin.

Also, six Russian helicopters flew over the border strip between Syria and Turkey in Ain Al-Arab countryside (Kobani), east of Aleppo.