Erdogan: 250,000 people fleeing from Idlib towards Turkey

Orient Net 2020-01-02 11:34:00

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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday (January 2) that up to 250,000 migrants were fleeing from the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib towards Turkey, adding that Ankara was trying to prevent them from crossing its border.

“Right now, 200,000 to 250,000 migrants are moving towards our borders. We are trying to prevent them with some measures, but it’s not easy. It’s difficult, they are humans too,” Erdogan told a conference in Ankara.

At least 284,000 civilians were forcibly displaced in northwestern Syria since November 1st after the attacks of Assad regime and Russia on the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to Syria's Response Coordination Group.

Last week, the United Nations said 235,000 civilians, including at least 140,000 children, had fled their homes in opposition-held northwestern Syria during a Russian-backed campaign of air strikes and shelling this month and warned of the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe along the Turkish border.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the exodus had taken place between Dec. 12 and 25.

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