Thursday 20 September 2018

Turkey seeks to evacuate wounded from besieged Damascus suburb

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they hoped to evacuate the wounded (AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they hoped to evacuate the wounded (AP)

Turkey's president has said his government is working with Russia to try to evacuate hundreds of people from a besieged, rebel-held Damascus suburb.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 500 people in eastern Ghouta, including 170 women and children, are in urgent need of humanitarian or medical assistance.

The government has refused to allow hundreds of people to leave the area to reach hospitals just minutes away. Eastern Ghouta is home to about 400,000 people.

Mr Erdogan said he discussed the issue during a recent call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Turkish leader said: "We want to take them (from eastern Ghouta) and provide them treatment and care in our country."

Turkey is a leading supporter of the Syrian opposition, while Russia is allied with President Bashar Assad.

Press Association

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