The Turkish president said 365,000 refugees have now returned to their homeland in northern Syria. The Syrian refugees returned to the regions that Turkey has made safe through its anti-terror operations.
Erdogan stressed that Turkey would make the return of more Syrian refugees possible either by organizing an international donors meeting or through some model projects.
Turkey has liberated an area of over 8,100 square kilometers (around 3,130 square miles) in northern Syria safe for their return. In those operations, Turkey neutralized 3,500 ISIS terrorists and imprisoned 5,500 of them.
Erdogan said this was achieved through three cross-border military operations Turkey conducted in Syria, referring to Operations Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch and Peace Spring.
On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria in order to secure Turkey’s borders.
At the same time aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity. Ankara wants to clear northern Syria east of the Euphrates River of the terrorists.
Anadolu Ageny / ABC Flash Point Blog News 2019.