Some 12,000 civilians are headed toward the Turkish border within the past 24 hours after the Bashar Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, intensified their attacks on the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria’s Idlib province in recent days.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mohamed Hallaj, director of the nongovernmental organization Coordinators of Interventions in Syria, said Wednesday that 12,000 more civilians left their homes due to the violent regime attacks targeting residential places, moving toward relatively safer areas near the Turkish border.
Hallaj also said that this number may increase in the coming days and underlined families' urgent need for humanitarian aid and shelter.
Since November, regime attacks forced nearly 110,000 civilians including 20,000 families to flee their homes.
Most of these families migrated to relatively safer areas near the Turkish border, where they have been protected from terrorist elements during Turkey’s cross-border anti-terror operations.
Turkey carried out two cross-border operations west of the Euphrates River, Operation Euphrates Shield launched in August 2016 and Operation Olive Branch in January 2018, to drive terrorist groups, including the YPG and Daesh, from its borders.
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