On March 13, a small group of opposition supporters and activists gathered on the M4 highway to protests against Russian and Turkish plans to reopen it.
Opposition activists had called for a sit-in to block the highway near the town of Arihah in the southern countryside of Idlib.
The activists said their goal is to sabotage the recent Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib. The agreement was finalized in a meeting between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish Counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow on March 5.
The protestors are planning to prevent Russian and Turkish forces from conducting a joint patrol on the M4 on March 15. The joint patrol is a key term of the Russian-Turkish agreement.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) rejected the agreement, refusing to comply with it. Opposition activists said that all other groups on the M4 won’t be also complying with the agreement.
Syrian authorities have already made preparations to reopen the M4, that links the city of Aleppo with Lattakia city on the coast.
The protest on the M4 and the militants’ stand on the Russian-Turkish agreement indicate that the joint patrols could face some serious threats.