A first convoy of the military operation that Turkey is carrying out in Syria’s Idlib province crossed into the area late on Thursday, two rebels and a witness said, according to Reuters.
The convoy included about 30 military vehicles, said Abu Khairo, a commander in a Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group based in the area, and it entered Syria near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, according to a civilian witness.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the armed forces of Turkey and Russia will provide security in Idlib. In the city’s central districts security will be provided by the Turkish Armed Forces, while Russia’s Armed Forces will ensure safety on the outskirts.
It was earlier reported that Turkey completed preparations for new military operations in Syria and military operations in Idlib may start in the coming days. The military operations are expected to be held jointly with troops of the Free Syrian Army.