Russian and Syrian forces hold joint drills near Israel border
Russian military police and Syrian Army have held joint drills in the liberated territory of Qunetra near the border with Israel.
The drills were attended by head of the Russian military policy Vladimir Ivanovsky who told reporters, “Thanks to the activities of the Russian Armed Forces and military policy, the UN mission, together with Russian servicemen, were able to carry out patrolling in August 2018 for the first time,” Ivanovsky said, noting that Russian servicemen continue to monitor the situation in the demilitarized zone.
Russian servicemen have been serving near the Golan Heights for almost year. Before that, the province of Quneitra was partially occupied by terrorists and militants. After the Syrian forces ousted extremists from the region in the spring of 2017, Quneitra became a demilitarized zone patrolled by Russian military police.
Russian military police set up necessary infrastructure in the region. Russian servicemen also provided the supply of electricity and water for Syrians. In return, local residents rewarded them with trust. “They welcome us, they call us brothers. They say we are liberators. It is very pleasant and nice that they think of us like this,” commander of military police battalion Akhmed Abdulmutalibov said.