Locals protest Turkish troops during joint patrols in northeast Syria
Syrian Kurdish locals in northeast Syria on Friday protested a Turkish-Russian military convoy conducting joint patrols, Kurdish Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported.
Protestors threw stones at a joint Russian-Turkish military police convoy as it was patrolling a region between the mainly Kurdish towns of Qamishli and Derik. An amateur video also shows residents holding signs and chanting in protest against the joint patrol.
A Syrian protester was run over and killed by a Turkish military vehicle during the protest, according to Associated Press.
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Footage by North-Press show protests of local civilians against the entry of Turkish armored vehicles into Syrian territories, within framework of joint Russian-Turkish patrol
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The military convoy was also protested by locals in al Qahtaniyah, the eastern Qamishli countryside, as it passed through the region and Turkish troops fired tear-gas in order to disperse the protesters.
Another video from Tirbespî (Qahtaniyah)— Wladimir (@vvanwilgenburg) November 8, 2019
According to a deal agreed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the two countries militaries will conduct joint patrols in a 10 km deep area along a 444 km stretch of border between Turkey and Syria.
Three such patrols have been launched so far aimed at ensuring the withdrawal of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which Turkey sees as terrorists due to its links to outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
And the first two patrols were also met with protests as locals pelted the convoy with stones and chanted slogans against Turkish presence in the region.