On July 5 morning, Turkish forces targeted a civilian truck on the M4 highway in Syria’s northeastern region for unclear reasons.
The truck was hit with a projectile, which may be a tank shell or an anti-tank guided missile, near the town of Hawshan, 5 km to the west of the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa. The truck was completely destroyed.
According to the Hawar News Agency, the truck driver, 31-year old Osama al-Assaf, was injured in the attack. A number of sources confirmed that al-Assaf is a civilian.
The M4 highway is the spine of transportation in northeast Syria. The strategic highway links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo.
The Russian Military Police reopened the M4 in northeast Syria on May 25 of this year. The step was coordinated with the Turkish military, the Syrian Arab Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The motives behind today’s attack remain unclear. However, there is no doubt that the attack was a violation of the Russian-Turkish agreement on northeast Syria. The attack will likely slow down traffic on the highway for a while, as less people will dare to use it.