On May 10, a unit of the Turkish Army conducted a reconnaissance mission in the northern and northwestern Hama countryside visiting the town of Kafr Nabudah, the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi reported.
Enab Baladi claimed that the Turkish Army is planning to establish a new observation post in the northern Hama countryside in order to monitor the de-escalation zone there.
Meanwhile, Syrian opposition activists reported that that the Turkish Army unit had been targeted with IED near the town of Qalaat al-Madiq, west of Kafr Nabudah. Activists claimed that seven soldiers of the Turkish Army had been injured as a result of the incident. However, the Turkish Army is yet to confirm these claims.
The Turkish Army established a new observation post in the al-Rashidin district west of Aleppo city on May 9 in order to monitor the de-escalation zone in Aleppo governorate. Five other observation posts were previously established by the Turkish Army in the towns of Andan and al-Eis in Aleppo governorate, in the towns of Tell Tuqan and Sarman in Idlib governorate, and in Murak town in the northern Hama countryside.
According to the Turkish Anadolu Agency, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on establishing these observation posts earlier this year during the Astana talks. At least two more Turkish posts are expected to be established in Hama and Idlib governorates in the upcoming months.