October 10, 2019 / 10:41 AM / 5 days ago

Turkey's Erdogan threatens to send Syrian refugees to Europe

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey, October 7, 2019. Mustafa Kamaci/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Ankara will send the 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey to Europe if European countries label the country’s military incursion in Syria as an occupation.

“We will open the gates and send 3.6 million refugees your way,” Erdogan said in speech to lawmakers from his AK Party.

Reporting by Nevzat Devranoglu and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans

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