Turkish president Erdogan told the UN General Assembly that a peace corridor on Turkey’s border with Syria could enable the resettlement of some one to two million Syrians who fled the country.
He added that if the zone is extended to the Deir ez-Zor-Raqqa line, the number would reach 3 million Syrians, including ones from Turkey, Europe, and other countries.
Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed on Aug. 7 to set up a safe zone in northern Syria and develop a peace corridor to facilitate the movement of displaced Syrians who want to return home.
The 30-km wide area includes the settlements of Jarabulus, Manbij, Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), Tal Abyad, Suluk, Ras al-Ayn, Darbasiyah, Amude, Qamishli, and al-Malikiyah.
Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who fled the violence to return home.
The M4 highway, which connects Syria’s east to its west, constitutes the border for the safe zone. Including the M4 in the safe zone aims to block terrorists from accessing the area and their armed activities in the region.
The terror groups are currently using the highway for logistic and trade activities. Syria has been locked in a vicious proxy war since early 2011.
Since then, over 5 million civilians have become refugees, and Turkey hosts over 3.6 million of them, the country hosting the most refugees in the world.
Anadolu Agency / ABC Flash Point Middle East News 2019.