Turkey deploys troops to observation points in Syria
Orient Net | 2020-02-09 08:15 Damascuss
Turkish military trucks loaded with tanks and armoured personnel carriers arrived on Saturday (Feb. 8) in Idlib countryside, Orient correspondent said.
More than hundred Turkish tracked military vehicles sent to reinforce present units in Syria reached to the Turkish observation points.
The Turkish Armed Forces have recently sent several military convoys to the region to strengthen their observation points in Syria.
According to sources, the Turkish military has sent one battalion of soldiers to each of the 12 observation posts in Syria.
Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency (AA) separately reported that more than 500 vehicles had been dispatched to the Syrian border.
Turkish security sources emphasized that they were only to reinforce the 12 existing posts established under a 2018 deal with Russia to prevent an offensive by Assad regime militias.
On Saturday, Turkish and Russian delegations met in Ankara to discuss steps to de-escalate tensions in Idlib and agreed to hold further talks in the upcoming week.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in recent weeks as the Assad regime and Russian airstrikes.
On Monday, Assad regime attacked Turkish troops, resulting in the deaths of seven Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel. In retaliation, the Turkish military targeted more than 50 positions and neutralized more than 70 Assad regime militiamen, according to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.