Turkey sends concrete blocks to Syria to fortify observations posts within safe zone
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Turkey sends concrete blocks to Syria to fortify observations posts within safe zone

News Service Yeni Şafak

The Turkish army deployed a total of four trucks loaded with concrete blocks to the southeastern Şanlıurfa province, near the PKK/PYD-occupied city of Tal Abyad in Syria, in order to reinforce its military observation posts as part of a planned safe zone along the country's border.

During the deployment, a large cloud of smoke was seen billowing from the inner parts of Tal Abyad, Demirören News Agency reported.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return home. They also agreed to establish a joint operations center.

The agreement also envisaged setting up necessary security measures to address Turkey's security concerns, including clearing the zone off the terrorist YPG/PKK, a group the U.S. has sometimes been allied with, over Turkey’s objections.

Turkey and the U.S. military personnel completed on Sunday the first joint ground patrol for the establishment of a safe zone east of the Euphrates.

The patrol was backed by unmanned air vehicles and helicopters.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of terror group PKK, which has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people in Turkey, including many children, women and infants, for more than 30 years.

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