BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – A large convoy of Turkish supply trucks were seen traveling to the Idlib countryside from the Hatay province on Wednesday morning.
According to opposition activists, the Turkish supply trucks were transporting armored cabins to several areas along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway (M-5 Highway).
The armored cabins will be placed along the highway between the provincial capitals of the Idlib and Aleppo governorates in order to ensure the safety of this large roadway.
During the last Astana Peace Conference meeting in May, Turkey and Russia agreed to setup checkpoints along the Idlib-Aleppo Highway; this is believed to be the first step towards restoring commerce between the two provinces.
However, the situation appears to be more complicated in the Idlib Governorate since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is planning to retake the strategic city of Jisr Al-Shughour in the southwestern part of the province.
It is still not clear whether or not Turkey will continue with this project to reopen the Idlib-Aleppo Highway, as a potential conflict is expected in the next few weeks.