Turkey warns it now expects up to ONE MILLION Syrians to arrive at its borders
- Turkey says up to 1,000,000 refugees could amass at its border with Syria
- However, deputy Prime Minister wants to host them ‘outside’ the country
- They are fleeing a Russia-backed government offensive in city of Aleppo
- Bashar al-Assad’s forces are close to encircling the rebel-held suburbs
- The number of migrants arriving in Europe by sea has increased tenfold
- NATO is to consider launching a naval mission to monitor the exodus
Currently some 50,000 people are gathered at the border with Turkey seeking refuge from the conflict as Ankara faces increasing EU pressure to allow them to enter.
It comes as startling new figures reveal the number of migrants to enter Europe by sea so far this year is ten times more than the same period last year – prompting NATO to consider launching a humanitarian naval mission in the Mediterranean.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today urged the world to speak out against Russia for ‘mercilessly bombing civilian targets’ in Syria.
Predicting Russia would eventually retreat from Syria in a similar manner to the Soviet forces who once pulled out of Afghanistan – he warned the country would one day ‘pay’.
He said those ‘who turned Syria into a bloodbath will certainly pay for it’, reiterating claims that Russia’s support of Bashar al-Assad had triggered the exodus to the Turkish border.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said as many as 50,000 people had reached the border, trying to escape intense Russian bombings around Aleppo. He estimated Tuesday that up to a million more could flee if the onslaught continues.
The International Organisation for Migration today revealed 76,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea through the first six weeks of 2016.
This marked a drastic increase from the first six weeks of 2015, when just 11,000 undertook the voyage.
The vast majority of these have arrived in Greece as opposed to Italy, which are respectively known as the eastern and western Mediterranean routes.
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