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UN sends 96 truckloads of aid for displaced Syrians

Regime and allies intensify aggression in opposition-held area, triggering influx of refugees toward Turkey and Europe

Cem Genco   | 08.01.2020
UN sends 96 truckloads of aid for displaced Syrians FILE PHOTO

HATAY, Turkey

The UN on Wednesday dispatched at least 96 truckloads of humanitarian aid for war-weary displaced civilians of northwestern Idlib city of Syria.

The trucks entered Syria through the border crossing in Turkey's southern province of Hatay.

Since the Bashar al-Assad regime, Russia and Iran launched attacks in November 2019, some 360,000 people fled Idlib and took shelter near the Turkish border. They are currently in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Since then, more than 1,300 civilians have been killed in attacks by the regime and Russian forces in the de-escalation zone as the cease-fire continues to be violated.

Over a million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks over the last year.

After a Turkish Cabinet meeting in December last year, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin had said Turkey expects a halt to these attacks as soon as possible through a new cease-fire.

According to the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Idlib province is home to around 3 million civilians, 75% of them women and children.

Since the eruption of the bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, Turkey has taken in some 3.7 million Syrians who fled their country, making Turkey the world’s top refugee-hosting country.

Ankara has so far spent $40 billion for the refugees, according to official figures.

*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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