Russia has reached an agreement with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to secure the Christian town of Tell Tamir in northern al-Hasakah, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on November 16.
Sources familiar with the alleged agreement told the UK-based monitoring group that the town will be handed to Syrian government forces.
“The agreement implicates that pro-Turkish factions should withdraw from some villages until the border of Ras al-Ain, as well as from the international M4 highway, while regime forces will be deployed in these areas,” the SOHR quoted one of the sources as saying.
Several Kurdish sources confirmed the SOHR’s report on November 17, revealing that the agreement will also force the SDF to withdraw from Tell Tamr and its countryside. This term was a demand by Ankara, which is reportedly a part of the agreement.
Activists affiliated with the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (SNA) said that the group’s militants are withdrawing from several villages north of Tell Tamr as a part of the new agreement.
Earlier reports revealed that the Russian Military Police are planning to establish a military post in the town of Tell Tamir or near it.
Tell Tamir witnessed several Turkish-led attacks in the last few weeks. These attacks forced most of the locals to flee. The agreement brokered by Russia could help secure the town and facilitate the return of displaced civilians.