The Strategist

Turkey Decided To Help Refugees From Aleppo With Food And Tents

02/08/2016 - 15:35

Employees of the Turkish humanitarian organizations set up the tents and distribute water and food to many thousands of refugees. The refugees are stuck on the Syrian-Turkish border because of the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Freedom House via flickr
Freedom House via flickr
Despite the EU appeals, the Turkish border remains closed to 35,000 internally displaced persons. "We extend our activities in the Syrian territory to supply those in need with water, to provide them with medical assistance and emergency shelter", says one of the Turkish humanitarian workers. He noted that favorable conditions for the refugees will be provided on the Syrian side of the border.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, while commenting on the situation, noted that Ankara has a moral, if not formal, obligation to put internally displaced persons to their territory. According to her, the European Union provides Turkey with all the resources for hosting migrants and for their protection.

In November 2015 the EU and Turkey closed a deal in terms of which Ankara has received $ 3.3 billion. According to this deal, the civil refugees from Syria must receive emergency shelter on Turkish territory so that they shouldn’t try to move to the EU.

It was reported by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu earlier that the border of Turkey reached 15 thousand refugees. According to the agency, Syrian forces with the assistance of allied members from Iran and Lebanon went to the north of Aleppo and de facto eliminated all supply channels of essential goods to the city. This has caused a mass fleeing of civilians. Earlier, the media published a video showing the Syrians fleeing the war.

The next round of peace talks on Syria aimed to establish an official agreement between Damascus and the opposition of the country was launched at the end of January in Geneva. It was expected that the dialogue will last six months, but the consultations were suspended until February 25. The negotiations are conducted in accordance with UN Security Council resolution.

Confronting al-Assad and his opponents, demanding the resignation of the Syrian leader, has begun in 2011 and grown into a full-scale civil war. The rebels say the president guilty of violent suppression of initially peaceful protests and the use of armed force against unarmed protesters during the first phase of the internal conflict.

The civil war in Syria has led to the deaths of more than 250 thousand people and a mass exodus of refugees from the country. During the conflict "Islamic State" organization which is terrorist group banned in many countries gained its strength.