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Turkish Army Continues to Mobilize Its Forces on the Syrian Border

Activists say that the dividing barrier has been removed at the city of Tel Abyad in the northern Raqqa countryside, as Turkey send more equipment to the border.
Turkish Army Continues to Mobilize Its Forces on the Syrian Border

The Turkish army is continuing to mobilize its forces on the border with Syria from the Sanliurfa side, amid reports of the dividing barrier being removed at the city of Tel Abyad in the northern Raqqa countryside.

The Turkish army has sent a convoy of 15 trucks to Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa on the border with Syria.

The military convoy arrived amid tightened security measures and included tanks, artillery and ammunition for various weapons, with the aim of supporting the military units on the border.

On Sunday, military reinforcements including artillery and tanks reached the Third Border Command in Sanliurfa in the country’s southeast.

In Gaziantep in the country’s south, a convoy arrived loaded with artillery, tanks, and military equipment as well, accompanied by police and gendarmes.

The local Furat Post network, which covers news in the eastern region of Syria, said that the Turkish army had removed the separation barrier between the Syrian-Turkish border in Tel Abyad.

The Turkish army has not officially announced the removal of the separation barrier and has previously sent military reinforcements over the past few months to Sanliurfa, up to Hatay from the Idleb province side.

The Yeni Safak newspaper said in January that Turkey’s priority was to form a safe zone in northern Syria, based first on declaring the cities of Manbij, Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ayn to be safe areas, and investigating the population of these cities for links to the YPG and providing medical and security infrastructure.The newspaper, quoting security sources, added that the safe area that Turkey will try to create in cooperation with the United States, will be based on consecutive phases and that the beginning of its implementation is very close.

It said that there was still a possibility of a military operation, with the plan to begin from Manbij and then go towards Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ayn.


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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