Turkish state-owned channel TRT Arabic is receiving criticism for posting an illustrative map of the potential paths refugees and migrants could take from the Syrian province of Idlib toward France and other European countries.
“The road to France ... an illustrative map of the ways refugees from Turkey are likely to travel to reach France and other European countries,” TRT Arabic wrote in the caption that followed the map posted on Facebook.
The map shows an origin point of Idlib towards multiple crossing points of both land and sea borders in Turkey.
The Turkish official Tv TRT on Twitter publishing a map in Arabic saying "The road map from Idlib to France and another European countries" and then mentioning that there's more than 3 million people living in #Idlib. pic.twitter.com/ykayumjEbn— Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) February 28, 2020
Turkish authorities have been helping hundreds of migrants and refugees cross the border into Greece beginning on Friday in a coordinated effort to pressure the EU to help Ankara in Syria.
Turkish police, coast guard and border security officials were ordered to stand down on refugees’ land and sea crossings toward Europe in anticipation of the imminent arrival of refugees from Idlib, a Turkish official told Reuters on Friday.
“Turkish government mouthpiece TRT Arabic publishes a map titled the route to France, to encourage Syrian refugees to travel to France and other European countries,” Twitter user Herêm Kerîm wrote.