Syrian rebels risk being killed elsewhere if they leave Aleppo: Turkish foreign minister

A man holds the hand of a boy as they flee deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that Syrian rebel forces risk being killed elsewhere if they left the city of Aleppo, and doubted that talks among their backers in Paris would yield concrete results.

“What is going to happen to rebel forces if they leave Aleppo? Will they not get killed in other places?” Cavusoglu told Turkish broadcaster TRT from Paris, adding “nobody is bringing concrete solutions” about the talks in France.

Turkish-backed forces are now besieging al-Bab, the last urban stronghold of Islamic State in the northern Aleppo countryside. Their advance potentially pits the Turks against both Kurdish fighters and Syrian government forces.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Louise Heavens)