06/11/2020

Joint Russian–Turkish patrol conducted around Darbasiya in North and East Syria

HASAKAH, Syria — A joint patrol of Russian Military Police and Turkish forces was conducted in the Hasakah countryside near Darbasiya on Thursday.

According to local sources, the patrol started from the village of Shirk, west of Darbasiya, and roamed villages west and south of the district, passing through Delek, Malik, Birkenis, and Dahr Arab, all the way to Kasra near Abu Rasayn (Zarkan).

On its return, the patrol passed through the villages of Turat, Shafqat, Abbas, Talak, and Karkand.

The patrol included four armored vehicles from both sides, accompanied by two Russian helicopters. At the conclusion of the patrol, the Turkish vehicles returned to Turkish territory through the border gate at Shirk and the Russian vehicles returned to their base in Zalin (Qamishli).

The joint patrols have nothing to stop the repeated Turkish violations of the ceasefire brokered by Russia.

According to researcher Amy Austin Holmes, Turkey and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) have violated the ceasefire agreement signed in late October 2019 over 800 times.

Anger at Russia’s inability, or unwillingness, to stop Turkish shelling has spread in North and East Syria. In mid-October, a Russian patrol was confronted locals upset at their presence.