On August 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the key town of Murak in northern Hama, thus imposing a direct siege on the Turkish observation post in the region.
Pro-government activists released a short video showing Syrian troops and battle tanks being deployed a few meters away from the Turkish post’s walls.
The Turkish military established Murak’s post last year as a part of a Russian-Turkish-Iranian de-escalation agreement. However, the post failed to put an end to the militants’ violations.
Dozens of Turkish soldiers and Syrian militants are reportedly trapped inside the post. The post also contains several armored vehicles and battle tanks.
Turkey had said that it will not withdraw its troops from the post. However, it is unclear how the post could remain in the area with the SAA controlling all of its surroundings.