Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım warned on Friday that attacks of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria’s Idlib would trigger a new wave of migration and sufferings.
Speaking with reporters in capital Ankara, Yıldırım said Turkey, Russia and Iran -- the three guarantor countries in ongoing peace talks -- had taken the initiative to prevent more dire results in Syria.
“The [Assad regime’s] intensified attacks in Idlib will trigger a new wave of migration and will cause new sufferings,” he said.
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.
Turkish aid agency sets up tent camp in Syria's Idlib
A Turkish aid agency has set up an accommodation center in Syria's northern Idlib countryside for Syrians fleeing ongoing violence and airstrikes in eastern Hama, according to a foundation official on Friday.The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), one of the country’s leading aid groups, completed the center in Kafar Lousin village.The agency's media adviser, Selim Tosun, told Anadolu Agency in Turkey's border province of Hatay that 200 families had been placed in the tent camp.“Families coming [to the area] underwent health screening at a mobile health center. A [mobile] school was also established for the children," he said, adding water tankers were meeting the needs of clean drinking water.Tosun said the children were obviously traumatized following the bombardment that they witnessed."There were some children, who fled to their tents after getting scared of the sound of an electricity generator that we used," he said.Turkey’s Diyanet sets up 1,000 tents for SyriansThe IHH also plans to set up new tent camps in Babushka region, near Idlib.Meanwhile, Turkish Red Crescent, locally known as Kizilay, sent on Friday two trucks loaded with 200 tents from Turkey's northwestern Kirklareli province to Idlib countryside.Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. This led to a military conflict between the Syrian opposition groups and the Assad regime over the war-torn country’s territory.Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the conflict mainly by regime airstrikes targeting opposition-held areas while millions more were displaced. During the conflict, Assad regime was accused many times by many international actors of targeting Syrian civilians by chemical weapons.
Erdoğan, Putin discuss Syria, bilateral ties on phone
In a telephone call late Thursday, the Turkish and Russian presidents discussed continuing Assad regime attacks on civilians in Syria as well as bilateral ties, according to presidential sources.During the conversation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that ceasing regime attack on civilians in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, Syria is key for the success of the Astana peace process and an upcoming Syria conference in Sochi, Russia, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.They also discussed the ongoing Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant and Turkish Stream projects as well as other aspects of energy sector cooperation.Talks between Russia, Turkey on Syria to continueKremlin: US report accusing Russia of election meddling harms relationsThe two leaders also voiced their resolve to further improve bilateral ties in every area.Erdoğan and Putin also spoke about a meeting of the Turkey-Russia High-Level Cooperation Council set for later this year.The Syria conference on Sochi is set to be held on Jan. 29-30 with the participation of about 1,700 people.Excluding terrorist groups, all sectors of Syrian society are to be represented at the conference.