Turkey opens border gates with Europe after deadly attack in Syria

Turkey and Greece demilitarisation

Turkey has declared it would open border gates with Europe and let immigrants cross into European countries.

The decision came as as result of an emergency meeting led by Turkish President R.Tayyip Erdogan following a deadly attack on Turkish forces in Idlib, Syria.

At least 22 Turkish soldiers were killed, said Rahmi Dogan, the Turkish governor of the southern province of Hatay, where the Turkish casualties were arriving. News reports citing social media messages and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, put the number of Turkish dead as high as 34.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey held an emergency meeting Thursday evening in Ankara, Turkish media reported. He has been calling for Syrian government and Russia forces to cease their two-month offensive in Idlib Province and to pull back from Turkish positions, which have been encircled and cut off by Syrian government forces.

Turkey declared halting all preventive actions against immigrants willing to cross into EU countries, primarily Greece.

Immigrants will be able to access to EU through Turkey either by land or by sea.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.