Turkey still increasing its military presence in Syria's Idlib - SOHR

Turkey sent military reinforcements to Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib on Saturday, Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Twenty truckloads and buses carrying reinforcements had made their way to Idlib through the Iskenderun border gate, SOHR said.

The Syrian government’s offensive to recapture Iblib was launched in April 2019. Turkey has deployed military force 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.

More than 6,485 Turkish trucks and military vehicles and hardware - including tanks, personnel carriers, armoured vehicles, mobile bulletproof guard booths and military radars – have been sent to Idlib after the ceasefire came into effect. Meanwhile, the number of Turkish soldiers deployed during the same period in Idlib and its surrounding areas has exceeded 10,300, according to SOHR.