Erdogan: Turkey to resettle 2M Syrians in Syria safe zone

Orient Net 2019-10-01 13:06:00

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Turkey will resettle around 2 million Syrians along the safe zone and cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of the people throughout the world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday (October 1) at the third legislative session of the Turkish parliament's 27th term.

"Turkey plans to settle 2 million Syrians in 30-km-wide safe zone to be set up in Syria, starting from Euphrates River to Iraqi border, including Manbij," Erdogan said.

Erdogan noted that the number of Syrians returning to their homes since Operations Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch has reached 360,000.

"The only reason Turkey takes action in Syria is because of the direct terrorist threat, which has become an obstacle for Syrians to return to their homes," he added.

According to the safe zone plan, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared with US officials, 140 villages and 10 district centers will be established within the 30-40 kilometer deep safe zone in northern Syria, housing 5,000 and 30,000 inhabitants each, respectively. The settlements will be provided with various facilities so that the people living there will be able to have a normal life with every necessity met.

Each village will have 1,000 houses, and each district will have 6,000 new homes built, making 200,000 new residences in total. The construction is expected to cost about $26.6 billion.

Each household in villages will have its own farmland, and the whole residential area in the safe zone will have 11 mosques, nine schools, five youth centers and two indoor sports halls will be built to accommodate all the needs of the Syrians resettling in the area.

Based on DS