Nearly a million Syrians are heading to the Turkish border from Idlib. This was told by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, TASS reports.
“There are between three and four million people living in Idlib. Now about a million Syrians have left it, they are going to our border,” he said. Erdogan stressed that it is already difficult for Turkey to accept so many refugees. The head of the Turkish Interior Ministry Suleiman Soylu said on November 8, 2019, that Turkey will start sending captive Islamic State militants (prohibited in Russia) back to Europe, even if their citizenship will be annulled. He also condemned Belgium’s proposal to try them where they had committed crimes.
In September 2018, Erdogan indicated that if a large-scale refugee offensive began, it would end in humanitarian drama. He added that Ankara will continue its presence in Syria and will not allow risks to its own territory.
The armed conflict in Syria began in 2011. It involves government forces on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, moderate opposition and various Islamist groups. In recent months, there have been increasing reports of truces and surrenders of weapons by militants.