Even though the Turkish defense minister warned against a military solution, Ankara sent reinforcement troops to the last remaining terrorist stronghold in Syria, Idlib province, on Friday.
The Turkish army has sent 15 vehicles, including 6 tanks, carrying weapons and munitions, to the Syrian province of Idlib through the Kfar Lusin border-crossing, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.
The vehicles reportedly moved towards the Turkish point in Shir Magar area in Shashabo Mountain in the western countryside of Hama, and the convoy was then split into two parts, with one leaving at Shir Magar point and the other one heading towards Ishtabraq point.
Ankara has not yet commented on the reports.
Earlier this week, the same monitoring group said that Ankara had dispatched convoys of troops to beef up its presence in Idlib ahead of the Syrian government’s looming offensive on the militant-held enclave. The convoy of Turkish forces also entered Idlib from the Kfar Lusin crossing and continued moving to some of the 12 Turkish observation points along the province border.
The reinforcements came notwithstanding Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s warnings that a military operation in Idlib would drag the province toward a humanitarian catastrophe.
Source: News Agencies