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US Forces Expand East of Euphrates, Block Russian Convoy

US Forces Expand East of Euphrates, Block Russian Convoy

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 08:15
Joint Russian-Turkish patrol (Anadolu Agency)
Qamishli – Kamal Sheikho

A Russian-Turkish joint patrol toured on Thursday the border west of Ain Al-Arab city (Kobani) in the countryside of eastern Aleppo.

The joint patrol, which included eight military vehicles, set off from Ashmah as Russian helicopters hovered overhead.

Also in eastern Aleppo, residents threw stones on Turkish vehicles that entered the area.

This came a few days after a Turkish drone targeted a home housing a meeting for a women’s conference in the village of Halnaj near the border with Turkey, in Kobani, killing three people.

Meanwhile, locals in the town of Gharanij in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor staged demonstrations against local councils linked to the Self-Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria, calling for the improvement of economic conditions.

Activists published videos and photos on social media showing that demonstrators cut the main roads in Gharanij and burned tires amid the closure of commercial shops.

This came one week after residents from the Abu Hamam village in the Bukamal region in the eastern countryside of the province staged demonstrations against the self-administration council, raising slogans that demanded bread, and improvement in electricity and water supplies.

Meanwhile, a US military patrol, stationed near the Wanek village at the entrance of Al-Malikiyah (Dayrik), blocked the road to Russian patrols that tried to enter the Semalka border crossing in northeastern Syria, forcing them to return to their positions in Qamishli.

Also on Thursday, US forces set up a new military checkpoint in the town of Yaarabiya on the Iraqi border in the countryside of eastern Hasaka.

The forces were seen bringing military equipment and logistic materials, lifting concrete blocks and paving the roads.

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