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Syria: Northeastern stretch of M4 highway reopens after 7 months following Russian mediation04:23

Syria: Northeastern stretch of M4 highway reopens after 7 months following Russian mediation

Syrian Arab Republic, Tal Tamr
May 25, 2020 at 19:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

A section of Syria’s M4 in the North East of the country was reopened following Russian mediation efforts on Monday, after months of closure since operations in the area by Turkish-backed militants in 2019.

Footage filmed near Tal Tamr in Syria’s Al-Hasakah governorate on Monday shows armoured military vehicles bearing both Russian and US flags on the road. The convoy reportedly ran from Tal Tamr to Ein Issa, approximately 144 kilometres (89.5 miles) to the West. The towns themselves remain under Kurdish forces and government forces, respectively, while the stretch of road connecting them was held by Turkish-backed forces.

From Monday onwards, four civilian convoys (two from each town) will run along the highway at specific times of the day.

The M4 highway is a major road that runs west from town of Al-Yarubiya on the Iraqi border all the way to Latakia on the western coast. In October 2019, the north eastern section of the road became a point of conflict as Turkish-backed militants advanced into the area.

Syria: Northeastern stretch of M4 highway reopens after 7 months following Russian mediation04:23
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A section of Syria’s M4 in the North East of the country was reopened following Russian mediation efforts on Monday, after months of closure since operations in the area by Turkish-backed militants in 2019.

Footage filmed near Tal Tamr in Syria’s Al-Hasakah governorate on Monday shows armoured military vehicles bearing both Russian and US flags on the road. The convoy reportedly ran from Tal Tamr to Ein Issa, approximately 144 kilometres (89.5 miles) to the West. The towns themselves remain under Kurdish forces and government forces, respectively, while the stretch of road connecting them was held by Turkish-backed forces.

From Monday onwards, four civilian convoys (two from each town) will run along the highway at specific times of the day.

The M4 highway is a major road that runs west from town of Al-Yarubiya on the Iraqi border all the way to Latakia on the western coast. In October 2019, the north eastern section of the road became a point of conflict as Turkish-backed militants advanced into the area.

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