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Turkish army moves to Aleppo to set observation points

Turkish forces deployed in Anadan district, falls under de-escalation zone, in northwestern Aleppo

17.03.2018 - Update : 17.03.2018
Turkish army moves to Aleppo to set observation points Turkish Armed Forces' vehicles are being transported under the Astana agreement to set up a ceasefire observation point in the de-escalation zone of Anadan, 12 km north of Aleppo, Syria on March 17, 2018. ( Adnan Alemam - Anadolu Agency )

IDLIB, Syria 

A convoy of Turkish Armed Forces entered Syria on Saturday to establish a new observation point in northwestern Aleppo, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground.

The military convoy has safely reached the Anadan district of Aleppo, said the correspondent.

Turkish troops have camped at a hill in a village of Anadan as the northern countryside of Aleppo and the area opposite to the deployment point is controlled by Bashar al-Assad regime forces.

The new observation point is located 35 kilometres (21.74 miles) from Turkey-Syria border.

The aim of the deployment, in accordance with the Astana agreement, is to establish a sixth cease-fire observation point, according to military sources.

Russian forces are now expected to position themselves outside of the Idlib de-escalation zone, on the frontline separating the regime and opposition forces.

On Oct. 12, 2017, the Turkish military started to cross into the region to establish observation points to monitor the cease-fire regime in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Under the Astana agreement, Turkey is set to gradually establish 12 observation points, from Idlib's north to south.

Idlib, located in northwestern Syria on the Turkish border, has faced intense attacks by the Assad regime after a vicious civil war broke out in 2011.

Since March 2015, Idlib has been overrun by military opposition groups and anti-regime armed organizations.

Reporting by Burak Karacaoglu and Esref Musa:Writing by Sorwar Alam

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