Istanbul: A Turkish relief group said on Monday that the number of Syrians who fled the attack on the province of Idlib in the northwestern part of the country and was on their way to Turkey, reached 120,000. He added that some camps were setting up camps.
Syrian and Russian troops have recently stepped up the bombing of the Idlib target and Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed to recapture the target and set in motion a stream of refugees to Turkey.
President Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that Turkey cannot handle a new wave of immigration and warned that European countries would feel this influx if violence in northwest Syria is not stopped impact.
Humanitarian Relief Fund (IHH) Syrian media advisor Selim Tosun said: “Last week, when the number of attacks increased, the number of people fleeing from South Idlib increased north. Reached 120,000.”
Erdogan said Sunday that 80,000 people are currently moving. A human rights monitor at the Syrian human rights observatory in the UK said 40,000 civilians had been displaced since the start of the last military operation on Thursday.
Tosun from IHH said that many migrants had fled the city of Maraat Al-Numan, some of them went to refugee camps near the Turkish border, while others stayed in family members or in the areas of Afrin and Azaz near the Turkish border.
IHH says it has started distributing 20,000 packages of food prepared for immigrants between the city of Idlib and the city of Sarmaada. It also prepares tent camps in the Kili area (a village about 13 km from the Turkish border).
Tosun said the family camp will have 500 tents and can be expanded.
8/1/2 years after the Syrian civil war, Turkey currently houses around 3.7 million displaced Syrians, the largest refugee population in the world. Ankara is concerned that the Idlib region will make waves again. No fewer than 3 million Syrians live in the Idlib region on the last important piece of land that is being controlled by the rebels.
The Turkish delegation went to Moscow for talks on Monday and the dialogue is expected to be partially concentrated in Syria, which Erdogan has said will determine Turkey’s course in the region.
Turkey supports Syrian rebels in their struggle to expel Assad in the war, while Russia and Iran support his regime.
At the same time, China has attacked the United States for criticizing United Nations Security Council resolutions blocking civilian assistance and accusing Washington of “politicizing humanitarian issues.”