Germany to give Turkish Red Crescent 25 million euro for Syria’s Idlib

Germany will give the Turkish Red Crescent 25 million euro for shelters to be built for civilians in Syria’s Idlib, who are fleeing towards the Turkish border due to an intensified military assault of the Syrian government, Yeni Şafak daily reported on Friday. 

German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Christofer Burger said Germany earmarked 28 million euro to be used in 2020 for humanitarian aid to be provided for civilians in Syria’s northwest.

“The German Foreign Ministry will provide the Turkish Red Crescent a 25 million euro support for ensuring emergency shelters to those fleeing Idlib,” Yeni Şafak quoted Burger as saying. 

A total of 390,000 people have fled northwest Syria between Dec. 1 and Jan. 27, 80 percent of which are women and children, according to a United Nations report on Thursday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air power, have made rapid advances in Idlib, the last major rebel-held enclave in the country, home to an estimated 3 million people. 

Turkey, which already hosts 3.6 million refugees from Syria, faces a fresh wave of refugee inflow as the situation in Idlib worsens. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that Turkey would do everything possible, including using military force, to end the escalating violence in Idlib.

The president accused Moscow earlier this week of failing to honour the terms of a 2018 deal between Turkey and Russia aiming to prevent a military campaign by Assad in Idlib by establishing a demilitarised zone in the enclave.