Turkish tenth point has been exposed to bombardment

As Turkey seeks to open the Aleppo-Latakia road in cooperation with Russia after the Putin-Erdogan meeting, its 10th point in Sher Maghar countryside was being bombed.

On Thursday morning, Arab press touched upon the situation in Syria and Turkish observation points, and Ankara's attempt to open the road to Aleppo and transfer of besieged observation points there.

Al-Bayan: raids around the Turkish point north of Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the raids took place near a Turkish observation post in the village of Sher Maghar in the northwestern countryside of Hama, which is adjacent to Idlib, pointing out that he was unable to determine whether the aircraft were Syrian or Russian as a result of «overcrowded airspace and the intensity of aerial bombing».

These areas are controlled by HTS (Jabhat al-Nusra) and other armed factions. According to a senior Turkish security source that violent clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters, about 500 meters from the Turkish observation post. "The conflict is very close (to the Turkish position) and it is violent," the source said.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Reports of Russian targeting of Ankara point near Hama

In the same context, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat said, "The website of the Turkish newspaper" Khabar Turk "stated, Syrian regime warplanes bombed the perimeter of a Turkish military observation post 500 meters from the point within the De-escalation zone in Idlib, but no Turkish soldiers were injured.

Other sources said that Russian warplanes targeted the north of the Turkish point at 50 meters and south at the same distance.

It said that Sukhoi 24 planes, which are expected to belong to Russian forces, bombed the perimeter of the Turkish post in Sher Maghar in the western countryside of Hama, a day after the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Russia yesterday.

The sources added that the rockets landed near the mounds surrounding the Turkish observation point, and that the targeting was direct and intentional, at a time when it was not confirmed whether the aircraft belonging to the Russian Air Force or the Syrian regime forces, because the region is witnessing the flight of their aircraft together.

Al-Arab: Turkish-Russian understandings on the observation and the road to Aleppo

"Targeting the perimeter of a Turkish observation post in the northern countryside of Hama, adjacent to Idlib, on Wednesday, in conjunction with an exploratory visit by a Turkish military delegation to the Aleppo-Lattakia road, which passes from areas in the western countryside of Idlib with a Russian flag, adds further ambiguity to the results," Al-Arab newspaper said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Moscow regarding the Idlib crisis and its surroundings.

Analysts are likely to have reached a consensus with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, including the transfer of Turkish soldiers deployed at two checkpoints in the northern countryside of Hama and the southern countryside of Idlib to the western countryside of Idlib, as well as a consensus on the opening of the international road Aleppo - Latakia.

A military commander in the Free Army of Idlib said that a Turkish military delegation explored the Aleppo-Lattakia road on Wednesday to establish Turkish observation posts.

The military commander, who asked not to be named, revealed that this development is an implementation of the Russian demand to open the Damascus-Aleppo road (M5) and the Aleppo-Lattakia road (M4).

The Turkish silence over the targeting of one of the Turkish points on Wednesday confirms the existence of such understandings, and the suggestion that there is a serious threat to the observation points in Mork and Sher Maghar may justify the withdrawal of Turkish soldiers from the two points and transfer them to the new points that are being established in the western countryside of Idlib.



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