Explosive devices target Turkish military convoy in northern Syria

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-27 22:32:49|Editor: huaxia

DAMASCUS, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Explosive devices ripped through a Turkish military convoy on the M4 highway between Syria's northern provinces of Latakia and Idlib on Wednesday, a war monitor reported.

The explosive devices went off while the convoy was passing by the countryside of the Jisr al-Shughour area in Idlib countryside, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It said a Turkish officer and a conscript were wounded and later transported to Turkish hospitals in Turkey.

A day earlier, state news agency SANA said the M4 highway was partially reopened on Monday for traffic movement in northeastern Syria after seven-month closure.

With the Syrian army deployed along the road, the M4 has been secured from the Iraqi border all the way through the northeastern province of Hasakah to Aleppo province in northern Syria for the traffic movement, SANA said.

The Kurdish ANHA news agency said the highway was reopened after the mediation of Russia, which brokered a deal between the Syrian government forces, the Kurdish militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and the Turkish forces.

The Turkish forces and Turkey-backed rebel fighters captured parts of the M4 after invading areas in northeastern Syria last October.

Another part of M4, which runs between Aleppo and Latakia through Idlib, is yet to be secured for traffic movement as rebel fighters refuse to withdraw from the road in Idlib. Enditem