BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Turkish military is seeking to block the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) future Idlib and Hama operations by building new bases across the demilitarized zone in northwestern Syria, opposition activists reported via social media on Tuesday.
According to the opposition activists, the Turkish military met with the residents of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, Khan Sheikhoun, Tal Toufan, Saraqib, Khan Saboul, and Morek to discuss renting their lands in order to begin building new garrisons in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.
The Turkish military allegedly told the residents that by moving their forces into these areas, they will be able to halt the Syrian Army’s future operations and stop the shelling as well.
The opposition activists said if the residents agree to do this, the Turkish military will begin building new garrisons in southern Idlib and northern Hama next month.
This move by the Turkish military would be a violation of the Astana agreement, which only permits them to construct twelve observation posts in northwestern Syria.