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5,000 Syrian refugees flee to Turkey

06-13-2011 09:31 BJT

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Syrian forces's retaking of the town of Jisr al-Shughour has prompted fears of a further influx of refugees into bordering Turkey. The UN Refugee Agency puts the number of Syrians fleeing to Turkey at more than 5,000.

Thousands of Syrians from the border region have crossed into Turkey in recent days to take sanctuary in refugee camps. There are varying figures on the exact number but the UN High Commission for Refugees said it had topped 5,000.

UNHCR Spokesperson Metin Corabatir said, "The latest figures UNHCR received from the border is 5,051 who fled from Syria because of violence and persecution in this country."

The assessment came as Syrian tanks and helicopters stormed the town of Jisr al-Shughour.

Residents said earlier that most civilians had fled the town towards the Turkish border.

An unidentified Syrian refugee said, "There is no milk for the children. We bought some but we have run out. They are targeting homes and yesterday shooters targeted us. All these people will not survive because they burnt all their crops."

Turkey has provided camps for refugees and sent the wounded to hospitals while restricting access to the refugees, saying this is to protect their privacy. But a Turkish newspaper said the Turkish government would establish a buffer zone if refugees from Syria exceed 10,000.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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