Additional Turkish military equipment and personnel have reportedly been sent to the north-western Syrian province of Idlib under the Astana agreements on de-escalation zones.
Anadolu news agency reported that the new convoy of military equipment has crossed a checkpoint in the Reyhanli district of the Turkish southern province of Hatay heading to the Syrian village of Atimah.
Earlier this week, the Turkish Armed Forces said that Turkish military units had crossed the border into Syria’s Idlib province to conduct expeditionary activities and observe the implementation of the de-escalation zones agreement.
The statement added the military units would carry out their duties in compliance with the rules set up by the Astana process guarantor states. The operation was said to enhance the ceasefire regime, end violence and clashes, deliver humanitarian aid to those in need and ensure favorable conditions for the peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict.
During the September round of Astana talks, Russia, Iran and Turkey, the three states that serve as guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire, agreed on all four de-escalation zones in Syria. The sides also reached an agreement on rules of operation in buffer zones, checkpoints and observation posts, as well as rules of engagement for units of the de-escalation control force.