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Turkey Increases Aid to Idlib to Avoid New Refugee Wave

Turkey Increases Aid to Idlib to Avoid New Refugee Wave

Sunday, 26 January, 2020 - 11:45
Trucks carry belongings of people fleeing from Maarat al-Numan, in northern Idlib, Syria December 24, 2019. (Reuters)
Ankara - Saeed Abdulrazek

Three Turkish states have sent 45 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to those in need in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.


The move comes amid escalation in regime attacks in the southern and eastern Idlib countryside.


The latest relief is part of a humanitarian campaign recently launched by Turkish organizations headed by the Humanitarian Relief Organization (İHH), the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and others.


Kayseri state sent 23 aid trucks, Erzincan sent 20 and Karaman sent two, while a company in Trabzon province sent 4,320 shoes.


Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced that the value of donations has amounted to more than $29 million.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that his country will launch a new campaign to help the displaced people of Idlib.


Turkey would start building temporary houses from bricks and covered with insulating covers near the Syrian-Turkish border, he added.


Erdogan stressed that around 400,000 people in Idlib were fleeing toward the Turkish border, urging the international community to support Abkara’s efforts in shouldering their burden.


Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Idlib in recent weeks amid stepped up air strikes by Russian and regime forces aimed at clearing the opposition from its last redoubt after almost nine years of war.


Since December 1, some 358,000 Syrians have been displaced from their homes, the vast majority of them women and children, according to the United Nations.


Aid agencies and relief groups have warned that further violence could fuel what may potentially become the largest wave of displacement seen during the conflict.


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