Germany's Merkel backs Turkish refugee initiative in Syria

Germany's Merkel backs Turkish refugee initiative in Syria

The German chancellor has signaled the government's intention to provide funds for "this humanitarian action." Turkey's leader has proposed building shelters for refugees displaced by fighting in Syria's Idlib province, DW reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned that 400,000 refugees displaced by fighting in Syria's Idlib province are heading towards the Turkish border.

Renewed fighting between the Russian military, regime forces and rebel militant groups in the area has triggered a new exodus of refugees, he said during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Merkel said Germany is willing to support efforts to build shelters in northern Syria for refugees displaced by fighting in Idlib.

"I can imagine that we can provide German funds for this humanitarian action," Merkel said, without providing any figures.

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