Turkish Red Crescent aid over 9,000 Syrian orphans in Idlib

ANADOLU AGENCY
ISTANBUL
Published 14.10.2017 13:57
Updated 14.10.2017 22:56
Kerem Kınık, President of Turkish Red Crescent, gives toys to orphans at one of the 12 orphanages set up in Syria's Idlib province by the Turkish Red Crescent. (DHA Archive Photo)
Kerem Kınık, President of Turkish Red Crescent, gives toys to orphans at one of the 12 orphanages set up in Syria's Idlib province by the Turkish Red Crescent. (DHA Archive Photo)

The Turkish Red Crescent has maintained its humanitarian aid efforts for war-ravaged civilians in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

In a statement on Saturday, the aid agency said "it has been aiding five refugee camps and over 9.000 children in 12 orphanages in Idlib" where Turkish military forces on Friday crossed over to monitor de-escalation zones as part of an international agreement.

"There are more than one million children, including babies and those under 5-6 ages, who lost their mother, father or both in Idlib," it said, adding that it provided all kinds of aid for these children.

On Friday, the Turkish Armed Forces said it began establishing observation posts in Idlib to monitor de-escalation zones that aim to bring an end to the conflict which has lasted for the past six-and-a-half-year years.

The operation in the northwestern region was launched under a May deal between Turkey, which backs groups opposed to Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, Russia and Iran, who support Assad.

The agreement, signed during peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, aims to establish a number of de-escalation zones to ensure the continuation of a ceasefire agreed last December between the three guarantor nations.

According to the military statement, the de-escalation zones have been created to "enhance the effectiveness of the ceasefire, end conflicts, bring humanitarian aid to those in need and establish the necessary conditions for the return of those displaced".

Turkey's latest military mission follows Operation Euphrates Shield, which saw the Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish forces, clear Daesh terrorists from territory in northern Syria between August 2016 and March 2017.

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

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