Turkey expands refugee camp in Syria for newly displaced

In light of mass exodus from offensive in Idlib

05 September, 20:03

    A Syrian child walks at refugee camp in Atma town, northern countryside of Idlib, Syria A Syrian child walks at refugee camp in Atma town, northern countryside of Idlib, Syria

    BEIRUT - Turkish military authorities in Syria's Idlib have ordered the expansion of one of the main camps for displaced people at the border between Syria and Turkey, in light of the mass exodus of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians hit by the Russian, Iranian, and Syrian government offensive in Idlib.

    Local sources said intense work is underway on the edges of the Atme camp, which has been active in Syria since 2012 in the hills near the border between the two countries, and already hosts more than 40,000 people.

    The United Nations fears that the announced government offensive could cause the exodus of at least 700,000 people. Turkey, which claims it has given refuge to more than three million Syrians since 2011, replied that it does not intend to host even one Syrian in its territory.

    The Turkish government said fleeing civilians will be contained in the areas controlled by Turkish forces, or by Turkish-allied militias, in the districts north of Aleppo, which border the Idlib region.

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