WORLD Turkey sends large army convoy to Syrian border

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Turkey sends large army convoy to Syrian border

Xinhua

19:46, July 09, 2019

ANKARA, July 9 (Xinhua) -- A large Turkish military convoy was sent and deployed late Monday in the southern province of Hatay near the Syrian border, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday.

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The Turkish convoy of 50 armored vehicles, including commando units, made its way to the Kirikhan district of Hatay bordering the Syrian province of Idlib, Anadolu said.

The media didn't give any reason for the military reinforcement but the move came amid news reports of a Syrian army offensive in northwestern Syria.

Since May, Turkey has accused the Syrian army of attacking some of its observation posts in Idlib.

The latest such attack occurred last week and resulted in a fire exchange between the two sides.

The Syrian government, backed by Russia, demands Turkey's withdrawal from Syria.

Turkey, however, insists that it is fighting Islamist radicals and Kurdish fighters who are posing a threat to its territory.

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