Idlib residents protest against Turkish policies, al-Nusra mercenaries block roads

A number of Syrians protested again at Bab al-Hawa border crossing between Syria and Turkey on Friday to protest against Turkey's handover of some areas to regime forces, and demanding the opening of the crossings to displaced people fleeing the shelling, in conjunction with the mobilization of mercenaries of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(formerly Jabhet al-Nusra).

Activists reported the closure of “Bab Al-Hawa" crossing from the Syrian side and all roads leading to it and the placing of concrete barriers at its entrance in conjunction with the demonstrations towards the border with Turkey.

In addition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the border areas witnessed a security alert since Friday morning, where mercenaries of the Turkish-backed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham were deployed at security checkpoints and mercenary groups on the roads leading to Bab al-Hawa as part of the tight security measures to prevent problems during the demonstrations. After calls from activists to express their requirements in light of the situation in Idlib like the destruction and displacement.

Mercenaries of Tahrir al-Sham deployed their checkpoints on the roads in Sarmada, Dana area.

According to the observatory, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham blocked several roads leading to Bab al-Hawa border crossing except one for ambulances.

The observatory also reported that dozens of people gathered in Bab al-Hawa Square on the northern outskirts of Sarmada carrying the banner of the Syrian revolution amid intensified security from Turkey's mercenaries, in order to protect the crossing from closure and loss of income, and preventing demonstrators from advancing towards the border strip and prevent accidents in last Friday's demonstrations there, which ended with the demonstrators storming the crossing and the Turkish border guards using tear gas and shooting live demonstrators.

It is noteworthy that the Syrian-Turkish border witnessed, last week, angry protests by thousands of Syrian demonstrators, who demanded the opening of the border crossings, and some of them burned the image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as they chanted against the Turkish army and groups affiliated in Idlib, especially Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

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