The regime attack on Aleppo, compounded by Russian airstrikes on the city, threatens to create a new refugee exodus from Syria, Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, has warned.
Speaking after talks with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Davutoğlu called for action to prevent a new wave of refugees from moving north across the Turkish border.
Davutoğlu said on Sunday: “It is our priority that steps will be taken to prevent an increase of refugees from Aleppo due to the offensive [there] by Iranian militia, Isis and Russian attacks.”
“Aleppo is Syria’s second-biggest city. The [Russian] airstrikes in and around Aleppo as well as the ISIS attack on the city worry us. They could cause another wave of refugees.”
On Saturday, the Syrian Coalition’s political committee called for taking urgent international action to stop the Russian aggression on Syria in general and on northern rural Homs in particular during a meeting with the ambassadors of the Friends of the Syrian people countries.
Political committee members highlighted the massacres committed by the Russian air force in Syria, stressing that the Russian invaders are targeting the moderate armed opposition and civilians, not ISIS. They added the Russian air strikes will directly and indirectly give a boost to the Assad regime and ISIS and undermine the political process in Syria.
They also stress the need to step up humanitarian and military aid in order to protect civilians, calling for taking urgent action to stop the Russian attacks on civilians which are being carried out in full coordination with the Assad regime and the Iranian invaders. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Anadolu)