Thousands of Syrians At Turkey Border

“We did not come here to get tents!”

Over 30,000 Syrian refugees have arrived at the border, wanting entrance into Turkey.    Aid workers have provided tents and supplies, but so far, the border is closed.

From CNN:

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The authorities said the refugees here are being provided for on the Syrian side. They don’t see a need to allow them to cross into Turkey.    One resident, Saleh, said refugees didn’t come this far to get stuck at the border.

 

“We did not come here to get tents. We do not need food or water,” he said. “We want to get through and provide security for our children.”

 

Turkey has said that it won’t abandon those in need, but with 2.5 million Syrian refugees already sheltering there, the country said it is close to capacity.  [/pullquote]

In this photo provided by Turkey's Islamic aid group of IHH, a temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in Azaz region, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Turkish officials say thousands of Syrians have massed on the Syrian side of the border seeking refuge in Turkey. Officials at the government’s crisis management agency said Friday it was not clear when Turkey would open the border to allow the group in and start processing them. (IHH via AP)

In this photo provided by Turkey’s Islamic aid group of IHH, a temporary refugee camp for displaced Syrians in Azaz region, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Turkish officials say thousands of Syrians have massed on the Syrian side of the border seeking refuge in Turkey. Officials at the government’s crisis management agency said Friday it was not clear when Turkey would open the border to allow the group in and start processing them. (IHH via AP)

Since 2011, more than four million refugees of the Syrian civil war have left the country, according to Wikipedia.

 

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