Turkey prepares for new wave of Syrian refugees

2015-10-21 16:29
Refugees arriving in Turkey. (Santo Palacios, AP)

Refugees arriving in Turkey. (Santo Palacios, AP)

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Ankara - Turkey is prepared for a new wave of refugees from Syria following an offensive by regime forces and Russian aircraft which has displaced thousands of people, a government source said on Wednesday.

"We are ready for it if it happens. Preparations have been made to shelter them in the vicinity of Kilis," a city in south-central Turkey near the border with Syria, said a Turkish official.

A camp had been set up in the area by Turkey's disaster and emergency management authority, he said.

Russia has been bombing Syria since September 30 after President Bashar al-Assad requested help in his fight against rebels trying to oust him. The latest offensive has caused a mass exodus from Aleppo, according to the UN.

Among those fleeing are about 50 000 Turkmen heading for the Turkish border, media reports in Turkey said.

Turkey switched its alliance from President Bashar al-Assad to the rebels at the outbreak of the civil war in 2011 and since then has taken in more than  2.2 million Syrian refugees, about 250 000 of whom live in camps in the country's south.


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