ANKARA (Rahnuma): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out on Friday at the Damascus regime’s “cruelty,” warning Turkey was prepared to use “military force” again in Syria.
“We will not allow the regime’s cruelty toward its own people, with attacks and causing bloodshed,” Erdogan said. Syria was also “continuously threatening our country with migration,” he said during a speech in Ankara.
“Turkey with complete sincerity wants Syria’s stability and security, and to this end, we will not shy away from doing whatever is necessary including using military force.”
He also said Turkey “could not stand by as mere spectators as new threats come toward our borders.”
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been displaced in Idlib since December after months of bombardment in the last rebel-held region in Syria’s northwest.
Many of them have fled toward the Turkey-Syria border, where Erdogan has said Ankara is building homes in a bid to prevent further migration. Turkey already shelters more than 3.5 million Syrians.