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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking safe zones in Syria near the Turkish border for Syrian refugees. Merkel began pushing for security safe zones Saturday, April 23, 2016. She is demanding that special security zones be established in Syria, near the Turkish border.
The established zones are meant to provide shelter for those in Syria seeking safety. Germany wants the areas to provide additional security and enforce a ceasefire in those areas. The German Chancellor made these demands during a high-profile trip to Turkey. Merkel met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and other European Union officials to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis.
The request to create safe zones is to provide passage for refugees as they are entering Turkey’s established camps. Turkey’s border towns have been under attack while providing aid, therefore, they need a place of refuge. The safe zones that Germany is demanding is meant to help elevate the amount of casualties from ISIS attacks.
The European Union has released hundreds of millions of euros in an aid package to help Turkey cope with the influx of refugees. The aid package is expected to help improve the quality of life for those living as refugees, as well as curb the number of immigrants illegally entering Germany and other European countries. Currently, only about ten percent of Syrian refugees are in Turkish camps. Germany wants to assure that all those seeking safety find their way into Turkey safely.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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