Offensive in Syria’s Idlib puts strain on EU-Turkey refugee deal

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The offensive on Syria’s Idlib province is forcing thousands of civilians to flee, many of them to Turkey. Turkish President Erdogan has now warned that a deal on refugees with the EU is in jeopardy.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that a new mass refugee exodus from Syria — similar to the one in 2015, when vast numbers of asylum-seekers streamed into Europe — may be imminent. He said the bombing campaign on Idlib province had already driven 80,000 civilians from the region, who were now heading for Turkey. The president said his country could not “shoulder this burden all by itself,” adding that “all European countries, and Greece especially, will come to feel the negative consequences” of this exodus. 

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