President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that up to 250,000 people were fleeing from the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib towards Turkey, adding that Ankara was trying to prevent them from crossing its border, according to Reuters.
Turkey hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the world. It fears a new wave from Idlib, where up to 3 million Syrians live in the last rebel-held swathe of territory, after Russian and Syrian government forces last month intensified their bombardment of targets in the region.
“Right now, 200,000 to 250,000 people are moving towards our borders. We are taking some measures to prevent them from coming, but it’s not easy. It’s difficult, they are human, too,” Erdoğan told a conference in Ankara.