Several Russian soldiers were wounded Tuesday in a car bombing in northeastern Syria, according to Bild’s foreign policy editor Julian Röpcke.
“Massive car bomb attack on Russian vehicles within a joint Turkish-Russian patrol on the M4 highway in Idlib,” Röpcke said.
At the same time, some sources reported that at least 3 Russian soldiers wounded as per initial reports.
Also, journalist Middle East and conflict areas National Security Levent Kemal has released a short video that shows moment of a car bomb attack on Russian vehicles.
İdlib’te ortak devriye sırasında Türk ve Rus askeri araçlarının geçişi esnasında bir bombalı araç saldırısı gerçekleşti. pic.twitter.com/DTbmr310zz
— Levent Kemal (@leventkemaI) July 14, 2020
The M4 highway, also known as the Aleppo-Al Hasakah road, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Turkey’s southern border.
This March, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to “cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area.”
The protocol said joint Turkish-Russian patrols would begin on March 15 along the M4 highway from the settlement of Trumba – 2 km (1.2 miles) west of Saraqib – to the settlement of Ain al-Havr.
Idlib has long been under siege by Assad regime forces and its allies, and previous cease-fires for the region were plagued by violations.