Turkey bolsters military presence in Syria’s Idlib

Turkey has sent its most significant batch of military reinforcements in months to Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib, Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) said at the weekend.

A column consisting of more than 50 armoured vehicles carrying logistical and military equipment travelled across the border via the Kafr Losin crossing, located in Turkey's southernmost Hatay province, SOHR said.

The Syrian government’s offensive to recapture Idlib was launched in April 2019. Turkey has deployed troops and backed opposition forces to try to halt the Syrian army's advance, which has displaced around 1 million people. 

Turkey and Russia brokered a ceasefire agreement on March 5 to end the fighting in the province between Turkish-backed forces and the Syrian military, which is backed by Russia.

The number of military vehicles that arrived in Idlib rose to nearly 11,000 Turkish trucks, the observatory said.