Turkish FM: 50000 return to areas Ankara controls in Syria

Turkish FM: 50000 return to areas Ankara controls in Syria

Tens of thousands of displaced Syrians and refugees have returned to an area controlled by Turkey and Turkish-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday, KRMG reports.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said some 50,000 people have returned from Turkey to areas that have been captured by Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters, adding that security in these areas should eventually be handed to local forces.

"People started returning to these places," Cavusoglu said during a visit to the coastal city of Izmir in western Turkey. "Our soldiers are still there and we need to conduct the work there. We need to establish a terror-free zone."

"The necessary work needs to be done for security to be handed over to local forces. We are continuing our work, including train and equip," he added.

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