Russia continues to intensify its military presence in northeastern Syria by building a new military base in the strategically significant town of Saraqib in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitoring group reported.
Saraqib is located at the junction of two main roads connecting Latakia and Damascus with Aleppo. The Russian military base is 50 metres from Damascus government forces.
According to the SOHR, Russian forces aimed to prevent conflicts between the military and government forces by keeping the Damascus government soldiers away from those areas. The Turkish state removed its affiliated military groups from the region, Hawar News reported.
Also according to Hawar News, two days ago the Turkish army built a military base in Afis village, north of Saraqib, which was controlled by the Damascus government. The Turkish state has reportedly established 65 points in the “unarmed zone” until today. But the Damascus government forces bombed the “unarmed zone” where the armed groups were located. Damascus government forces bombarded the surrounding villages of Filêfil, El-Barê, Bînîn, El-Fetîra in the south of Idlib and Sahil Xeb in the northwest of Hama.