Fierce clashes near Aleppo, Turkey sends reinforcements

The Turkish army pushed more military reinforcements to boost its units’ presence on the Syrian border amid escalations in northeastern Aleppo between pro-Turkish factions and regime forces.

On Saturday, armored vehicles arrived at the border state of Gaziantep and headed to the military units stationed at the border in the southern province of Hatay, at the nearest point to Aleppo and Idlib.

The Turkish army sent a convoy of 15 vehicles of various military units across the country to Kirikhan, where it will head the military units on the Syrian border.

Syrian armed factions loyal to Turkey launched a new front by attacking regime sites in the northeast of Aleppo.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) and sources in the Syrian opposition reported that the attack focused on an area near al-Bab, which is controlled by Turkey and the Syrian opposition factions loyal to it since 2017.

Syrian official media did not report any attack and armed opposition factions said that the Turkish forces did not participate in the attack.

Backed by Russia, the regime forces advanced in Idlib and took control over the city of Maarat al-Numan, the second-largest city in the governorate. The forces continue to advance towards the strategic town of Saraqib, within the regime’s attempt to regain control of another major stronghold north of the country.

Russian air strikes

The Observatory reported that Russian jets targeted, with several airstrikes, al-Huda hospital in Hor village in western rural Aleppo, putting the facility out of service.

Violent clashes continued between opposition factions and regime forces and their affiliates in eastern and southeastern rural Idlib.

Meanwhile, Russian jets flew over the al-Bab city and the clashes left casualties on both sides, with at least seven members of the regime loyal militia and four fighters of the national army factions getting killed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a Turkish military operation in Idlib unless the fighting stopped.

Over the past few days, Erdogan repeatedly criticized Russia saying it did not abide by Astana or Sochi, adding: “the Astana process has fallen into silence now.”

However, the Turkish president indicated that Turkey, Russia, and Iran should seek a way to revive it