Turkey deploys 80 military vehicles near border with Syria

MENA

Published: 2017-09-19 17:16

Last Updated: 2017-09-20 09:38


Turkey has sent over 80 military vehicles, to reinforce the Astana Agreement. (Photo Credit: AP)
Turkey has sent over 80 military vehicles, to reinforce the Astana Agreement. (Photo Credit: AP)
Roya News Source

Following Turkey, Iran and Russia's agreement to establish "de-escalation" zones in the war-torn country, Turkey has decided to send 80 military vehicles to its border with Syria, according to Turkish state-agency Anadolu.

According to Anadolu, vehicles were sent as reinforcements for Turkish troops stationed along the border, while a third convoy of armed vehicles was sent a different location along the border. 

Al Jazeera reports that Syrian opposition officials and activists said they expect Turkish forces to adhere to the Astana Agreement, which requires the entry of Turkish forces into areas controlled by opposition forces in the province of Idlib. 

During the sixth round of talks in Kazakhastan's capital, Iran, Turkey and Russia agreed to maintain de-escalation zones for six months, which include fully or partly, Eastern Ghouta and the provinces of Idlib, Homs, Latakia, Aleppo and Hama.

The six-month term is also open for extension in the future, with the objective of decreasing hostilities between the Syrian regime and the opposition, with Russia, Turkey and Iran to act as guarantors.

The Syrian Civil War has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands, and displaced millions, leading to the worst refugee crisis since WWII.