TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - According to a report by the Hurriyet Daily News website on Monday, reinforcements, which were dispatched a day earlier, included tanks and other military hardware along with a convoy of around 50 military vehicles.
It added that they had been sent over the border to one of the two observation posts operated by Turkey in the vicinity of Jisr al-Shughour city in the southwestern parts of the flashpoint province.
Under a deal agreed with Russia, Turkey has already established a dozen so-called observation points inside the province purportedly aimed at monitoring a de-escalation of violence.
The reinforcements were the latest move in recent days by the Turkish military to shore up one of its points, described by the report as the most significant sent in the current spike of in tensions between Damascus, that is resolved to flush out terrorist factions in the province, and Ankara, which is fearful of a potential flow of displaced people towards its borders in case of an anti-terror offensive.
“The people who leave are going to come to Turkey. They are not going to go to Iran, Iraq, Russia, Germany or France. This is why they must help Turkey and share the burden,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day, warning that the consequences of an offensive on Idlib would be “heavy.”