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Turkish Military Hit by Explosion During Joint Patrol With Russian Troops in Syria's Idlib

Sputnik News

09:10 GMT 17.08.2020(updated 09:39 GMT 17.08.2020)

Russia and Turkey have been jointly patrolling the M4 highway in Syria, which connects the provinces of Latakia and Aleppo, since March.

Turkish troops were hit by an unidentified explosive device while patrolling a highway in Syria's Idlib, the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation said.

"An unidentified explosive device exploded near a Turkish convoy on the route of the patrol. There are no injured among the Russian troops," the centre said in a press release.

The incident occurred during the twenty-second joint patrol of the highway by Turkish and Russian military.

The Russian centre did not clarify whether any Turkish troops were injured in the incident.

Turkey and Russia started joint patrolling of the M4 highway, which connects the Syrian provinces of Latakia and Aleppo, on 15 March. The initial route was shortened shortly afterwards because of provocations staged by local rebels. According to the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, the terrorists had been trying to use civilians, women and children included, as human shields.

On 5 March, Russian President Putin and Turkish President Erdogan signed a memorandum which stipulated that Russian military police and Syrian border guards would facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish militia from a 30-kilometre zone on the border with Turkey.

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