Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 19
By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:
In case if the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies, nearly one million refugees may flee to Turkey, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Oct. 19, TRT Haber TV channel reported.
Turkey doesn’t intend to undertake the responsibility for these refugees, Erdogan said.
He added that after the conflict in Syria ends, Turkey is ready to help restore Aleppo, as it doesn’t consider this city as foreign.
According to the Turkish Office for Prevention and Elimination of Consequences of Emergency (AFAD), there are three million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Turkey has spent more than $10 billion on Syrian refugees.
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives.
Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh), the YPG and the PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.
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