Turkey’s defence ministry announced about 200 Syrian refugees have returned home following Ankara’s offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
“Close to 200 of our Syrian brothers who had fled the [Kurdish] PKK/YPG … have voluntarily and safely returned to their homes and lands,” it said in a statement on Thursday.
“In this respect, 70 more families comprising of 295 people have begun making their way from Jarabulus to their homes in Tal Abyad,” the statement added.
With the facilitation of peace and security in the Operation Peace Spring area, it is expected for people to continue returning their homes, it added.
Turkey on Oct 9 launched Operation Peace Spring, to eliminate the terrorist YPG/PKK from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so that a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some 2 million refugees.