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Over 24,000 Syrians take shelter in Turkey

04-07-2012 21:18 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

ANKARA, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The number of Syrians sheltering in Turkey has reached 24,324 as of Saturday, semi-official Anatolia news agency reported, quoting official figures.

During the past two days, 102 Syrians went back to their country, following a returning trend started last month, while 699 others crossed into Turkey, according to the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

Currently, there are 8,095 Syrians staying in Hatay, 5,498 in Gaziantep, 9,089 in Kilis and 1,599 in Sanliurfa province. Accumulatively, 38,398 Syrians have crossed border into Turkey, said the report.

Turkey is providing shelter, food, health, security, education, communication and religious services to Syrians who fled clashes in their country, AFAD noted.

Turkey, once a close ally of Damascus, has imposed on Syria a series of sanctions, including an arms embargo, due to its alleged crackdown on protesters.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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