Erdogan moots building ‘refugee city’ in northern Syria


ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested building a new city in northern Syria to house some of the millions of refugees escaping the country’s civil war, reports said Saturday. Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul late Friday that the new city would be located near the Turkish border and said he had even discussed the idea with US President Barack Obama. He said that the city would be 4,500 square kilometers in area and its infrastructure could be built in cooperation with the international community. Refugees from Syria could be “resettled” there, he said. Such an area would make the city comparable to some of the largest urban centers in the United States.Turkey is currently home to an estimated 2.7 million Syria refugees who fled the five year civil war and has complained of the lack of international support in looking after them.



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