Turkey is sheltering over 220,000 Syrians in northern Syria in a 2,000-square-kilometer area liberated from Daesh in Operation Euphrates Shield. Turkish media outlets reported on Wednesday that Turkey's efforts to normalize life in Syria was among the issues discussed during the National Security Council (MGK) meeting on Monday.
Accordingly, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) built 12 refugee camps in northern Syria in the area liberated from Daesh, which holds more than 120,000 people. The report also indicates that in the same area more than 100,000 people live outside the camps. In order to provide food and other basic needs for refugees, Turkey established a large logistics center in al-Rai, and so far eight trucks of aid have been sent to the region for the refugees who live outside the camps.
Euphrates Shield was launched against Daesh on Aug. 24, 2016, and Ankara announced the operation came to an end on March 29 after liberating more than 2,000 square kilometers of land in northern Syria from Daesh. Turkish officials also announced that Turkey may launch other operations against terrorist organizations in the region.
Turkey is a staunch advocate for the establishment of a safe zone inside Syria for the internally displaced population, which would ostensibly prevent attacks on them by the Syrian regime and Daesh, among others. On May 4, Turkey, Russia and Iran signed a memorandum to set up de-escalation zones in Idlib, parts of Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Damascus/Eastern Ghouta and parts of Daraa and Quneitra.
Since its start in 2011, the Syrian conflict has evolved in to an all-out civil war, from which Turkey has received about 3 million refugees.
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