Syria safe zone will help 1.7 mn refugees return: Erdogan

A Syrian woman cries after crossing into Turkey at the Akcakale border crossing on June 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic) (AFP/File)

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the formation of a safe zone inside war-torn Syria, free from the Islamic State group, would help the return of 1.7 million refugees.

"The clearance of those regions and the creation of a safe zone there will lay the ground for 1.7 citizens here to return home," Erdogan told reporters at an airport in Ankara.