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A large military convoy of Turkish armored vehicles entered Idlib

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The convoy of the Turkish armed forces crossed the Syrian-Turkish border on May 11 and headed inland to Idlib province, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according a krasnaya Vesna source in Syria.

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“The Turkish convoy, consisting of several transports, armored vehicles, logistics vehicles and fuel trucks, crossed the border through the Kafr Lusin checkpoint and headed towards the Idlib countryside,” the agency’s interlocutor said.

The column arrived in Idlib province amid escalating clashes in the region between militants and the Syrian government army. On the eve of May 10, terrorists violated the ceasefire and seized the settlement of Tanjar.

The Syrian army hit militants with artillery and used aircraft.

Background

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.

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