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Erdogan: Attacks on Idlib Will Lead to Massacre

Daily Sabah

An offensive on Syria's northwestern Idlib province by Bashar Assad's regime forces will lead to a bloodbath for civilians and a humanitarian tragedy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists accompanying him during his three-day official visit to Kyrgyzstan, Daily Sabah reports. 

"There are about 3.5 million people there [Idlib]. Russia and the United States pass the buck to each other. However, God forbid, if missiles target the area, a serious massacre will take place," Erdogan said, adding that a possible large-scale offensive would lead to a new wave of refugees toward Turkey.

Since the breakout of the civil war in Syria, nearly 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey, causing a heavy economic and social burden on Turkey. Erdogan added that Turkey has been in coordination with its Russian and Iranian counterparts to avoid the calamity in Idlib and de-escalate tensions.


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