On October 20th, local sources in Syria’s Afrin reported that a Turkish armored vehicle ran over two children who were riding a motorbike on the Jendersse-Afrin Road, which led to the death of one of the children immediately and seriously wounding the other.
Reportedly, the Turkish Armed Forces didn’t stop after they had run the children over.
In response, the Turkish-backed militants in the area attempted to blow the convoy up.
“Turkish armored vehicles ran into two children on the Jindaris-Afrin road. They were riding a motorcycle, and the armored vehicles did not stop. They were driving towards the Hammam border crossing. One of the children was killed,” the initial reports claimed.
The reporter Anas ALmaarawi said that during the next patrol, the Turkish military on the M4 highway in Idlib found an IED on the side of the city of Arikh and blew up on a mine.
Earlier, on October 17th, a Turkish Armed Forces convoy was struck by militants from the village of Maaret-El-Uliya in Idlib.
It is presumably under control by pro-Turkish militant groups.
The convoy, when struck, was carrying out measures to withdraw from the territory of the observation post in the village of Murek, which is under control by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The October 17th attack was blamed on the Syrian Arab Army by the UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
SOHR sources said that a truck driver was killed on the international road near the city of Saraqeb, as regime forces opened fired on rented trucks used to transport equipment of Turkish post “Murek”, north of Hama.
Syrian trucks entered from the area of Al-Tarnaba and headed to Saraqeb to reach the international road Damascus-Aleppo “M5”.
“Reliable sources have just told SOHR that Turkish forces, stationed in Murek observation post in regime-controlled areas in the northern countryside of Hama, started disassembling the observation post, in preparation for leaving it. It is worth noting that the observation post in Murek is the largest Turkish military post in northern Hama and the Turks have been stationed there for nearly two years and four months.”
It would appear that Turkey’s plan for the Idlib province don’t fit entirely with the agenda of the militants that fall under its wing.
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