On January 23, Turkish forces deployed tear gas against locals who were protesting against their presence in northern Syria. The incident took place during a joint patrol with the Russian Military Police.
The North Press Agency (NPA), said that the incident took place near the village of Khorkhori, to the west of the border town of Kobani. Turkish and Russian forces were patrolling the areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern Aleppo countryside.
According to the agency, the tear gas attack caused several injures among the locals, who were reportedly protesting against Turkish forces only.
The NPA and local sources in northeast Syrian released several photos and a video allegedly showing the moment the incident took place.
The Turkish military patrol firing tear gas at local civilians, as it passed in the village of Khorkhori, west of Kobani, suffocation cases among civilians. pic.twitter.com/DG9xzdpNnJ
— NORTH PRESS AGENCY – ENGLISH (@NPA_English) January 23, 2020
Russian and Turkish forces have been conducting joint patrols in northeast Syria for more than two months now. The joint patrols are a part of a Russian-Turkish agreement on northeastern Syria, that was reached last October.
This was not the first confrontation between the patrols and protestors. In the last two months, SDF-linked protestsers attempted to stop the patrols, and even attacked Turkish and Russian vehicles with Molotov cocktails. The SDF stepped up security on the patrol’s route following these confrontations.
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