No deal to reopen 3 crossing points in northern Syria

Airstrikes, regime attacks, harassment of the Idlib Province by YPG/PKK terrorists still taking place, say security sources in region.

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On Thursday, regional security informants and some media outlets announced that the deal, which had envisioned to re-open three junctions in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province and the city of Aleppo, is false.

Airstrikes and government attacks on Idlib as well as pestering, penetration and car bomb bouts by PKK/YPG terrorists in areas of Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations endures, announced the spokespersons. Some media agencies stated that a contract had been extended with the Turkish side to revive the three crossings.

Russia gave a proposal to open the Abu Zandin, Saraqib and Miznaz border crossings in February. It would be a commercial border for the people living in the district to use the security agencies announced. The passage would have remained open till February 24, however, during this time, there were no shared requirements for passage, the informants held. The Abu Zandin borders had been shut since Operation Peace Spring began in October 2019, they added.

An attempt was made to open the Saraqib border in the Idlib area on April 18, 2020, and the Miznaz passage on April 30 that year, but this failed due to public burden and protests against the regime, they held.

Formerly, it was perceived that the voyage gates, opened in the area, were not used very competently, they noted.

Syria has been entangled in a spiteful civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime broke down on pro-democracy demonstrations with unanticipated ferocity. More than 5 million civilians have since been forced to migrate.

Since 2016, Turkey has hurled a trio of effective anti-terror maneuvers athwart its border in northern Syria to preclude the formation of a terror passage and allow the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019).

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