In an implementation of the policy of "demographic change" in the areas controlled by Turkey in northern Syria, the Turkish President Erdogan announced today that his country has started working on settling one million people in the Syrian towns of Tal Abyad (Gre Spi) and Sere-Kaniye (Ras al-Ain).
During his speech to the Ministers of Social Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Erdogan confirmed that support will be provided for the establishment of new settlement areas in northeastern Syria, saying: "We have started working on housing a million people in the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain.”
This came after carrying out its military invasion with its armed opposition groups to control those towns and their countryside, which led to the almost complete displacement of the local civilians, to start the stage of demographic change by settling families which aren't residents of the region.
It is noteworthy that the Turkish military had started carrying out the process of transforming citizens who wish to move into Tal Abyad, where cars were launched last week, after the registration of the names of those wishing to move. They were transferred with their properties from the Syrian town of Jarablus, northeastern Aleppo into the borders with Turkey, and then into Tal Abyad, northern Raqqa countryside, on the pretext that, they are returning to their original regions from across Turkey.
In turn, the Autonomous Administration of north-eastern Syria warned that, "Turkey is working to introduce radical projects aimed at creating chaos, as well as working to change the identity of the original regions through its practices of demographic change", and criticizing the silence of the United Nations.
It noted that, Turkey "seeks to change the identity of the areas it has controlled by various means, and works to settle the refugees who are now in Turkey, and they are more than 3 million in coordination with the United Nations, which portends a real catastrophe in the region.”