Migrants continue to arrive on Lesbos, despite the bad weather, Saturday, February 29, after Turkish officials said Ankara would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe.
READ MORE: As tensions continue to simmer between Turkey and Russia in the north of Syria, Ankara says another Turkish soldier was killed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 34 in the past several days.
Turkey also is claiming to have killed large numbers of Syrian government forces and inflicted heavy material damage in retaliation.
In a speech to supporters Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Russia to “get out of [Turkey’s way in] Syria” and allow it to “deal with [President Bashar al-] Assad.”
“Turkey has entered Syria at the demand of the Syrian people and not at the demand of Assad,” he said.
Erdogan added that Turkey has retaliated against Syrian forces for killing 34 of its soldiers.
He claims that Turkish troops have killed more than 2,000 Syrian forces, destroyed 300 of their military vehicles and bombed a chemical weapons factory east of Aleppo.