Russian Military Police have begun patrolling the Manbij area in the Syrian province of Aleppo near the Turkish border, as shown in footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defence on Monday.
“Today we have started patrolling the safety zone in the area of Manbij and its surroundings. Our task is to ensure security in the zone and control the position and movements of armed groups,” Military Police officer Yusup Mamatov said.
According to Lt. Gen Sergei Solomatin, Head of the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, the patrols are being carried out along the rear border of the security zone near Manbij and the routes will be changed regularly.
On December 28, the Syrian Defence Ministry said that nearly 400 fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) would start to leave the Syrian city of Manbij and head towards the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River from January 1st.
Following US President Trump’s announcement on the planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria, the YPG requested Damascus re-establish control over the territories it previously occupied, including Manbij, with the aim of avoiding possible clashes with Turkey.
Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist organisation.
Video credit: Russian Ministry of Defense