Russia has brokered a deal to move tons of grains from the al-Shakrak silos in northern Raqqa to Syrian government areas, RusVesna.SU reported on February 19.
Turkish forces captured the silos during Operation Peace Spring in 2019. However, they were not able to loot the grains stored in the silos, which are located right on the frontline with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
According to RusVesna.SU, tons of grains are being moved out of the silos. The Russian Military Police monitored the process.
Eight trucks carried the first batch of grains, estimated to be 400 tons, from the silos. The trucks were escorted by a unit of the Russian Military Police.
Under the deal, the grains should be moved to government-held areas. Nevertheless, a number of sources claimed that the grains are being taken to SDF-held areas. The grains are likely being stored there temporarily.
Kurdish sources revealed that 16,000 tons of wheat and 25,000 tons of barley were stored in the silos by the SDF’s self-administration in mid-2019.
The new deal is an example of how Russia has been working to stabilize northeastern Syria and resolve any issue there through diplomacy.
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