Bridge on Syria’s M4 highway destroyed in protest of Russian-Turkish joint patrols

IDLIB, Syria – Overnight, a bridge on Syria’s M4 highway south of the town of Jisr al-Shughur was destroyed via explosives by an unknown group in an attempt to hamper the joint Russian-Turkish patrols established as part of a ceasefire agreement between Moscow and Ankara.

The destruction of the bridge is the latest in a series of protests against the ceasefire agreement.

On 18 March, opposition fighters dug a ditch across the M4 in a similar attempt at stopping the joint patrols.

On 15 March, the first joint patrol was stopped by opposition protesters who blocked the M4. Eyewitness accounts of the protest described loyalists of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army climbing onto Turkish vehicles.