Thousands head to Turkey fleeing Syrian offensive

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    Diana Al Rifai | 05 Feb 2016

    Thousands of Syrians are fleeing the Aleppo countryside, heading towards Turkey, as government forces break through rebel defences in the northern province.

    The development comes as diplomatic talks on ending the war in Syria remain on hold and Saudi Arabia announces its readiness to send in ground troops.

    A Turkish aid organisation said on Friday that about 50,000 refugees urgently need food, water and shelter.
    "In the last three days over 50,000 people from Azaz across the Turkish town of Kilis reached the Turkish border," Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said.

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    At least 50,000 Syrians have fled from their towns in northern suburbs of Aleppo [Al Jazeera]

    "People, who fled their homes to protect their lives, came to the border and they are trying to survive sleeping under the trees in the open air."

    Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's prime minister, told a Syria donor conference in London on Thursday that between 60,000 and 70,000 Syrians were on their way towards Turkey, trying to escape the deadly violence in Aleppo.

    "They attacked Aleppo and the humanitarian corridor, [the] logistic corridor from Turkey to Aleppo, has been cut off," he said.

    "All the needs, food, everything to Aleppo where 300,000 people are living, were coming from Turkey."
    Sami Kekhia, a Syrian activist, told Al Jazeera that tens of thousands have fled their homes and are spread along the border with Turkey.

    "We do not have an exact number of how many people are at the border, but we know that between 5,000 and 7,000 are currently waiting at the border with Turkey," he told Al Jazeera over the phone from the Turkey-Syria border.

    The Syrian government, backed by Russian air strikes, launched a major offensive from the north of Aleppo and captured several strategically important towns on Monday.


    In Depth: Inside Aleppo's fight for water and electricity

    Opposition armed groups have appealed for help as their main supply route to Turkey comes under pressure.
    Kekhia said: "People are fleeing the deadly Russian air strikes and the government offensive. Russian air strikes have not stopped: when a Russian warplane targets a building that building turns to dust.

    "Residents of Aleppo city have not left their homes, but are preparing for a possible siege of the area. The local council of the rebel-held part of the city has told residents to reduce their consumption of food and medical supplies."

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    Residents inspect damage after air strikes in the rebel held al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo[Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters]

    The government holds the west of Aleppo city while the rebels hold the east, but the situation is largely reversed in the countryside.

    "Everyone is trying to prepare for a possible siege, and if the government blocks the one main road which allows access to this part of the city, the city will be on lockdown," Kekhia said.

    "That road, known as Castello, has been repeatedly targeted by the government and Russian air strikes.

    "However, the FSA (Free Syrian Army) and groups fighting the government are optimistic about winning the fight for Aleppo and preventing a siege."

    At least 40,000 Syrians have fled their homes in northern Aleppo since the Syrian government launched its offensive on Aleppo, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

    Syrian forces and their allies broke a three-year rebel siege of the two Shia towns of Nubul and Zahraa in
    Aleppo province, Syria's official news agency SANA reported on Wednesday, cutting off a main supply route to nearby Turkey.

    The development came after days of rapid military gains north of the major city of Aleppo, with Russian air strikes playing a key role in the advance.

    In pictures: Snow and cold weather grip war-torn Syria

    Nubul and Zahraa, with an estimated 60,000 population, are connected to the border by areas under the control of Kurdish armed groups that provided access.

    The towns have been besieged by rebels since 2012, and reaching them had long been a goal of President Bashar al-Assad's government, which has also sought to sever vital rebel supply routes into Aleppo from Turkey.

    On Friday the UN Security Council met to discuss the peace efforts, with Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO head, saying that the Russian air strikes were "undermining the efforts to find a political solution".

    The Security Council met for closed-door consultations with Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy, who suspended the Geneva negotiations on Wednesday until February 25.

    Russia rejected Western accusations that it had sabotaged the peace talks by backing the government's Aleppo offensive.

    "It's in bad taste. This is not a good time for recriminations," Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador, said.
    Earlier in the day, a senior Russian diplomat criticised Saudi Arabia's offer to send ground troops to Syria.
    Konstantin Kosachyov said any Saudi ground intervention without the consent of the Syrian government
    would be illegitimate.

    The Saudi air force has targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group with air strikes since the coalition campaign began in Syria in September 2014.

    Saudi willingness


    Thursday's announcement by Brigadier-General Ahmed Asseri was the first time the kingdom had offered to provide ground troops to defeat ISIL, which has seized territory in Syria and Iraq.

    "Today, the Saudi kingdom announced its readiness to participate with ground troops with the US-led coalition against ISIL, because we now have the experience in Yemen," Asseri told Al Jazeera.

    "We know that air strikes cannot be enough and that a ground operation is needed. We need to combine both to achieve better results on the ground."

    The offer is expected to be discussed when the US convenes a meeting of defence ministers from coalition countries fighting the in Brussels next week.

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    Source: Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/...fleeing-syrian-offensive-160205125956801.html
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    Syrian refugees (more than 50 thousands) image.jpeg "We were driven from our homes because of Russia, Iran, Bashar and Hezbollah"
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    ^ And Daesh.
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    And we're in hope that U.S, israeil, saudi and Uk and some europen countries to helping us.
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    Forgot Turkey sorry.
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    Iranians love syrian...u are in mistake...we love syria. the soldiors are there for supporting poeple. we have soldiors there and know .
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    Sure. But do Syrians love the idea that Iran sends troops and military aid to Syrian president whose army has butchered its own citizens? Why do Syrians now try to escape in panic before regime of Assad will take power in Aleppo?

    All these things have more than one side and we should learn to see what is happening also by the eyes of the other side.
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    Get in syria and watch it yourself, or get some true news. Not the medias thas has the devils's hands behind it sister. Also posted some pictures. Your answer is yes. They loved it actually. And by the time you gonna see the truth, be patient like what im doing at this moments.
    Trust me you need to edit some of the posts after the truth.
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    Whats the usa planes in syria? Uk and france? Saudi and turkey? Who are daesh? Whats happened to the oil when it was on daesh hands? Which senator has the most $ by selling/buying syria oil? Is there any in us too? Some europen powerful man? Turkey? What's about them? Did they get banefits of these monsteroious cunning plans?
    Get these answers too please if you're looking for answers.
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    Its really important for every muslim to read/learn about new urban wars and its new tactics. This will answer alot of our questions.
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    You think it's all about Afghanistan or iraq? Well they already has the Turkey in their bloody hands, and they are working on Pakistan's new tragedy just like Afghanistan.
    Which country is surronded by these countries?
    Why syria? Why palastine and Lebanon? Why Bahrain? Why not saudi? How many hajjies died in haj event and festival? What day was it? 11th September right? Whos behind this? Why that leader can not even read the quran currectly as an arab muslim leader? But instead he's very well on english talking diplomacy?
    An israili female ambassador? What exactly she's doing sometimes in afew arab countries? Which home she pick for living on those countries for atleast 10 days? What did she say about her new memory in some parties? Wow parties in......? Most famous islamic country? What's her website? Her diaries about some rich governments muslim mans? Was it halal? Or it was a massive haram thing? Exactly what happened? Who's visiting israelian s man these days? Why? Whats happening in qatar in some meetings? Why they killed sheykh nemer? Why at that time? Why many of those hajjies who died in haj festival in makkah were shia and from iran? 11th September really? No tell me some one, REALLY?
    AND MORE.
    but gonna sleep for morning's pray time. See you later enshallah. Sleep well everyone.
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    No need to go to Syria now to the middle of the war. The first post tells very well what Syrians are thinking about the army of Assad:

    "In the last three days over 50,000 people from Azaz across the Turkish town of Kilis reached the Turkish border,"
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    Ofc its needed because you can see the truth by your own eyes.
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    To me its enough right now to listen others (journalists, refugees). Here have came also a lot of Syrians and they surely have told me why they have had to escape. Idea that civilians would travel to the middle of the conflict "to see what there is happening" is very unnecessary.

    Also of course its needed to read news and reports from many sources. All of them tell partly propaganda what makes their own actions to look good and all others as devils.
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    Thousands of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkish border

    Turkish border remains shut as thousands continue to flee government offensive on rebel-held areas of Aleppo City.


    06 Feb 2016 22:16

    Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have gathered near a border crossing with Turkey after fleeing a major government offensive on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that his country would keep its "open border policy" for the refugees, adding that 5,000 of them have already been allowed into Turkey.

    "Another 50,000 to 55,000 are on their way and we cannot leave them there," he said from the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, after holding talks with EU counterparts.

    Our doors are not closed, but at the moment there is no need to host such people inside our borders.
    Suleyman Tapsiz, governor of Kilis province

    However, the governor of the Turkish province of Kilis, on the border with Syria, said thousands of Syrian refugees arrived at the Turkish border near Kilis City in the last 48 hours and were being accommodated at camps on the Syrian side of the border.

    Suleyman Tapsiz also told reporters at the Oncupinar border crossing near Kilis that another 70,000 Syrians could be expected if Russian air strikes and military advances by the Syrian government continued.

    "Our doors are not closed, but at the moment there is no need to host such people inside our borders," he told Associated Press news agency, adding that the refugees had been given food, blankets and tents.

    Government offensive


    The Syrian army, backed by Russian military support, is carrying out a major offensive that has sparked a severe humanitarian crisis in rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

    The advance is the most significant outcome yet of the Russian intervention that began on September 30, that has targeted armed opposition groups.

    Syria says any foreign troops would 'return in coffins'

    Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Kilis, said the number of refugees at the border was likely to increase.

    "Already, thousands of people from the countryside have fled towards the Turkish border. Inside Aleppo City, what we understand from people we have been speaking to is that families are starting to pack up and leave. There is still no mass exodus, but people are scared. Some families are choosing to leave," Khodr said.

    "People are saying that prices are on the rise and that fuel is scarce. They are worried because the government has employed such tactics in the past; they lay sieges to towns and villages. Civilians and fighters starve, and in the end they have to surrender.

    "We do not know the exact number of people who live in the rebel-controlled eastern districts of Aleppo City but some figures estimate between 200,000 and 300,000 people," our correspondent added.

    'International obligations'


    EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said foreign ministers had reminded Cavusoglu of Ankara's international obligations towards refugees.

    "We discussed this with our Turkish colleague remembering the fact that there is first a moral if not a legal duty ... to protect those in need of international protection," Mogherini told a news conference Saturday.

    The UN said that a massive number of Syrian refugees were camped outside the Bab al-Salam border crossing, hoping to reach Turkey, which already hosts more than two million Syrian refugees.

    Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said it was finalising preparations for an influx.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/...cold-rain-turkish-border-160206124040963.html
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    I wonder why Iran is supporting the oppressors :the killer instead of the poor people of Syria? Is it because they are Sunnies. Islam teaches to defend the rights of people whatever are their beliefs , no oppression no mischief in Islam is allowed . Still Sunnies love Allah , Quran , prophet Mohammad salla Allah alaihi wa sallam and his family . Why Iran hate other muslems ?
    Please think again if we are true muslems we should be united .
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    Iran like Russia wants to strengthen their political influence in the Middle East. It´s not a question of religion but political, economical and military matter. Why is Syria important? Almost every country in the world still thinks that ability to reach the sea short is strategic importance. To both, to Iran and Russia it´s important to keep alliance on the Mediterranean Sea shore. The other reason is to control the oil resources. All those countries whose have took part to this conflict want to see themselves as multi-super nations in this area. By the same reasons also USA, French, UK, Turkey and Israel are involved. Their the basic stragedy seems to be borrowed from the old Latin saying "Divide et impera" (divide and rule).

    Who cares about the civilians in this mess? Oh, all of them of course claim to do so. Who really? Answer is simple. None.
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    You are right dear sister, but since muslems know there is a coming day when Allah subhanahu wa taaala will repay each soul what was earned on this earth , muslems whether Sunni or Shia , Iranian or any other nationality should think twice before supporting the politician , on the day of judgment they won't help. Yes now they have the power they can kill, oppress , hang , torture , imprison innocents but on that day they will have no power to defend themselves or those who followed them:

    ﴿١٦٥﴾إِذْ تَبَرَّأَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتُّبِعُوا۟ مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوا۟ وَرَأَوُا۟ ٱلْعَذَابَ وَتَقَطَّعَتْ بِهِمُ ٱلْأَسْبَابُ ﴿
    وَقَالَ ٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّبَعُوا۟ لَوْ أَنَّ لَنَا كَرَّةًۭ فَنَتَبَرَّأَ مِنْهُمْ كَمَا تَبَرَّءُوا۟ مِنَّا ۗ كَذَ‌ ٰلِكَ يُرِيهِمُ ٱللَّهُ أَعْمَـٰلَهُمْ حَسَرَ‌ ٰتٍ عَلَيْهِمْ ۖ وَمَا هُم بِخَـٰرِجِينَ مِنَ ٱلنَّارِ ﴿١٦٧
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    (166) 166 - Then would those who are followed clear themselves of those who follow (them): they would see the penalty, and all relations between them would be cut off.

    (167) 167 - And those who followed would say: if only we had one more chance, we would clear ourselves of them, as they have cleared themselves of us. thus will God show them (the fruits of) their deeds as (nothing but) regrets. nor will there be a way for them out of the fire.
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    Yes they should but now many unfortunately believe the words of the politicians and forget to follow what Islam teaches. May Allah gives to us all the wisdom. And to those whose are politicians too.
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    Allahuma Aammen.

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