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17.09.2020 (15:00)

Russian military police escorted more than 50 thousand Syrian civilians on the M4 highway

Russian military escorts of the civilian population and vehicles along the M-4 highway in the Idlib de-escalation zone have made it possible to avoid major excesses over the past few months.

According to the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides, since the opening of the M-4 highway for civil transport on May 25, 2020, they have escorted 26,195 civilian vehicles and 50,182 people traveling in both directions. Detecting suspicious vehicles, the police report this to the command and take security measures - set up additional roadblocks and guards on a potentially dangerous section of the highway.

To escort civilian vehicles is necessary due to the location of highway: on one side of the M-4, is a territory controlled by the Syrian government with other rebels. The M-4 highway is connecting the centre and the north-east of the country and is known among Syrians as "road of life".

The M-4 highway, which connects the two major provinces of Hasakeh and Aleppo, was opened on December 11, 2019, when representatives of the command of the Russian group of troops in Syria and the head of the coordination center, Division General of the Turkish Armed Forces Erhan Uzun, made a joint trip along this highway from the village of Ain-Isa to the village of Tell-Tamera. The trip took place in order to consolidate the agreements reached in the framework of the Memorandum of understanding between the Russian Federation and Turkey dated October 22.

On October 22, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, at a meeting in Sochi, adopted a Memorandum on joint actions to resolve the situation in north - east of Syria. According to the document, Russian military police and Syrian border guards have been deployed to areas bordering the 30-kilometer security zone being created by Turkey since midday on October 23. On November 1, the Russian and Turkish military began conducting joint patrols to the east of the Euphrates.

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