Ankara (The Times Groupe)- The Turkish president said Tuesday that the country is planning to give refugees in Syria a voluntary return to their country.
“We will carry out this project soon with the support of national and international non-governmental organizations,” Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the inauguration ceremony of newly built houses in Idlib in northern Syria.
Over 500,000 people have returned to safe zones in northern Syria since Turkey launched its cross-border anti-terrorism operations in 2016, the president said via video link.
Idlib has so far been home to more than 57,000 houses for around 50,000 families, the president declared.
Erdogan said that 100,000 houses will contribute to alleviating the suffering of Syrians.
“The area where houses are being built will also have a mosque, school, healthcare center, bakery, social facility, and playground.”
Erdogan announced that the project will be implemented in coordination with local and international NGOs, as well as 13 different local councils in northern Syria.
In different parts of the world, Turkey has provided humanitarian aid without discrimination, he said.
Erdogan said Turkey sent over 5,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and 100 truckloads to war-torn Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu inaugurated a complex for orphan children and a mosque built by Turkish non-governmental organizations in Idlib.
Soylu was in Idlib for the inauguration of newly built houses in the city and also met some families who had already moved into their new homes in the Kemmune region and exchanged greetings for Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Syria has been engulfed in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others have been displaced, according to UN estimates.