More than 5,000 Syrians take shelter in Turkey

09:59, June 13, 2011      

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More than 5,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey to escape clashes between government forces and anti- Assad protesters in their country, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday.

Syrians have been fleeing from villages and cities near Turkish border for 44 days to Altinozu and Yayladagi towns of Hatay province in southern Turkey, according to the report.

On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was concerned over the escalating violence against civilians in Syria amid anti-government protests, adding: " Developments in Syria is very much concerning."

"We are exerting efforts to prevent things that happened on our borders during the Saddam regime in Iraq. We will open our doors to those who seek refuge but that would take place in a controlled fashion," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said the Turkish Red Crescent Society had extended medical aid and provided shelter for the Syrian refugees.

Large numbers of Syrians have crossed the border to neighboring Turkey to seek sanctuary, as clashes worsened in their country, said Anatolia, adding that nearly 600 tents were set up in south Turkey's Hatay province to accommodate the refugees.

Around 6,000 blankets and 3,000 beds, as well as mobile kitchens, bathrooms and toilets, were sent to the region while injured Syrians were being treated at nearby hospitals, the report said.

Source: Xinhua
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