Turkish PM: 75,000 Syrians Have Returned to Their Homes
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Turkey’s prime minister said on Friday that about 75,000 Syrians have returned to land liberated from the terrorist groups Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) and the PKK.
“Things are improving in Syria, slowly getting back on track. With [Operation] Euphrates Shield, we have cleared an area of 2,000 square kilometers from Daesh and the PKK,” Binali Yildirim told a migration and adaptation symposium in the capital Ankara, Anadolu Agency reported.
“Our 75,000 Syrian brothers have gone back to that area, settled down, and returned to their normal lives.”
Last year, Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield, a military campaign aimed at clearing Daesh terrorists from the Turkish-Syrian border region.
Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in 2011. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict and millions more displaced, according to the UN.
Turkey currently hosts 3.2 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world.