Turkey says helping Syrians in border area

World | 16 Dec 2016 6:06 pm

A Turkish official says Turkey's aid organizations are helping Syrians who have been evacuated from the city of Aleppo to a border area held by the opposition in Syria's Idlib province. 

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said "20 buses from Aleppo have reached the safe zone under control of the Free Syrian Army in Idlib.'' He says about 30-35 wounded people being treated at the Sahra hospital just on the other side of the border. 

Kaynak said there had been a discussion with Syrian opposition forces over the possibility of establishing a center "within a security zone in Syria.'' He told the private Dogan news agency that "Idlib has no physical capacity to accommodate so many people.'' 

Kaynak estimated there are 80,000 to 100,000 individuals who would like to leave Aleppo under the cease-fire deal that Turkey helped broker. 

He added that Turkey was willing to help "legitimate'' Syrian opposition groups to help meet their needs. The minister spoke after visiting the Cilvegozu border crossing with Syria in southern Turkey.-AP

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