The Russian Military Police escorted a convoy of 262 trucks carrying crops and agricultural products along the M4 highway in northeastern Syria, Zvezda TV reported on January 27.
The M4 links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo. In 2019, the highway was blocked by Turkish forces which occupied a long strip of land between al-Hasakah and Raqqa. Last year, the Russian Military Police opened the highway and began escorting civilian traffic on it.
According to the Zvezda TV, the Russian Military Police secure the last convoy with two armored personnel carriers and a helicopter.
“Since May 25 last year, Russian military police have resumed escorting civilians along the M4 highway,” Captain Artem Tukovsky, commander of a police unit, told the channel. “There are a lot of people who want to travel on the highway from Ain Isa to Tell Tamer. To ensure the safe escort of the civilian population, newly-deployed military policemen are taking part.”
Last year, civilians travelling on the M4 came under fire from Turkish forces, situated to the north, on several occasions. This prompted the Russian Military Police to step up its presence along the highway in cooperation with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
The ongoing operations to keep the M4 highway open and safe highlights the efforts undertaken by Russia to stabilize northeastern Syria.
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