Turkish army won’t enter Syria’s Idlib: Hatay governor
HATAY - Anadolu Agency
AFP photoThe governor’s office in the southern province of Hatay denied reports on May 6 claiming that the Turkish army would be deployed to the opposition-held Syrian province of Idlib.
“Such statements that were claimed by some Arabic [websites] and social media accounts saying that the Turkish army would enter the Idlib region do not reflect the truth,” the governor’s office stated.
It was stressed that such a statement would not be made by the governor’s office.
The claims in various Arabic media outlets came after the Astana meeting this week where Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed to establish “de-escalation zones” encompassing the city of Idlib and certain parts of Latakia, Homs, Aleppo and Hama, as well as Damascus, Eastern Ghouta, Daraa and Quneitra.
The agreement aims to stop the use of all types of arms, including air power, between the warring parties in the regions. The deal also aims at ensuring “emergent and continuous humanitarian aid” be sent to the regions.
The agreement will remain in place for six months, a period which could be extended automatically if the three guarantor countries agree.
According to the accord, checkpoints will ensure the safe flow of humanitarian aid and provide secure passage for civilians. Observation points will monitor the cease-fire in the region.
Syria has been locked in civil war since March 2011.
According to the United Nations, around 400,000 people have died in the conflict while half the population has been driven away from their homes.