During a joint patrol by Russian and Turkish forces in northern Syria, a group of teenagers threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the patrol vehicles. No soldiers were injured, the vehicles remained operational, and the convoy continued its patrol, RBC news agency reports, citing a representative of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria.
“In order to prevent possible accidents, the convoy’s seniors decided to go around this group of young people and continue moving along the previously determined patrol route,” the center said in a statement.
The Turkish and Kurdish media recently published a video of a group of young Kurds throwing Molotov cocktails at a Russian Typhoon armored vehicle, after which the burning vehicle drives off. The Kurdish news portal Nuce Ciwan claims that the incident took place after Turkish troops used tear gas on the locals.
Russia and Turkey are jointly patrolling northern regions of Syria in accordance with an agreement that was reached at the end of October. As part of the agreement, Turkey halted its “Operation Peace Spring” against the Syrian Kurds. In turn, the Kurdish militia withdrew 30 km from the Turkish border.