Turkey starts with the establishment of ‘safe zone’ north Syria


Turkish army troops deployed on the border line with Syria. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Backed by U.S. and Turkish fighter jets, the Syrian rebel group of the Levant Front raised up Sunday its movements on the borderline with Turkey northern Syria to help establish a possible “safe zone” with the support of Turkey, military sources reported.

Turkey aims to declare the area stretching from Jarablus to Azaz in the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo province, northern Syria, as a “safe zone” following the expulsion of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) form the key towns in that area. 

The Levant Front rebels started to dismantle land-mines planted by ISIS in several areas of northern Aleppo. The explosion of mines has earlier led to the death of a number of civilians in the province. 

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo suburbs, spokesman of the Levant Front Saleh Zein confirmed that their rebels in cooperation with the mostly-Turkmen group of Sultan Murad have intensified their military operations against ISIS in northern Aleppo, amid a large-scale air support by the Turkish air force to the rebels in the area. 

On Saturday, the rebel groups were able to expel ISIS militants from the towns Dalha and Harjala north of Aleppo.

Zein pointed out that Turkey has officially started with the initial steps of establishing the safe zone in northern Syria, after intensifying its military support to the Turkmen rebel group of Sultan Murad under the pretext of combatting ISIS on the outskirts of Jarablus, Marea and Azaz.  

In the meantime, the engineering unit in the Levant Front was able to dismantle more than 300 land-mines planted by ISIS in the vicinity of Dalha and Harjala villages ــfollowing the death of four civilians due to the explosion of mines on Saturday.

The hardline group had been in control of Dalha and Harjala (5 km from the Syrian-Turkish border) since a year and a half before being expelled by the Turkey-backed forces. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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