The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the 17th joint military patrol of the country with Russia on the M-4 highway in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Iran Press/Middle East: Turkish and Russian forces have made their 17th joint patrol along the main highway in northwestern Syria, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

"As part of the agreement/protocol of the TUR-RF (Turkey-Russian Federation), the 17th joint patrol on the M-4 highway in Idlib was carried out with the participation of ground and air forces," the Turkish Defense Ministry wrote on Twitter.

The M-4 highway, also known as the Aleppo-Al-Hasakah road, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the southern Turkish border.

Reportedly an explosion hit the 17th Turkey-Russia joint patrol in Syria's Idlib, causing no casualties, Turkey's Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

"Due to detonation of an unidentified explosive, a patrol vehicle was lightly damaged and taken to a safe location," it added, noting that no personnel had been harmed in the incident.

On March 5, Turkey and Russia sealed a deal to maintain a temporary cease-fire for "all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area" and envisaged the establishment of a security corridor six km to the north and six km to the south of the M4 highway, after nearly 60 Turkish soldiers were killed in escalated tensions between the Syrian and Turkish troops in the region.

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