Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 600,000: Turkish official

ANKARA Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:47am EDT

1 of 2. Syrian refugee children attend class at a school for refugee children in Istanbul October 21, 2013.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has exceeded 600,000 and more than 400,000 of them are living outside refugee camps, the Turkish disaster management agency said on Monday.

"We conducted a study before the Eid (al-Adha) holidays and the numbers have increased above 600,000," said Mustafa Aydogdu, spokesman for the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

Turkey, which shares a 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria, is a strong critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a main supporter of the rebels fighting against him.

It has said it will maintain its "open door" policy to those fleeing the Syrian civil war, now in its third year, although it has closed border crossings from time to time following clashes near the frontier.

About 200,000 Syrians were living in 21 refugee camps, mainly near cities near the border, Aydogdu said, while the rest chose to live in rented accommodation outside the camps.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in August Turkey has already spent around $2 billion sheltering the refugees. The United Nations expects another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Angus MacSwan)

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The United Nations expects another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country.

It would not be so if The UN intervened in this discusting war event because of the Illegitimate President Assad the tyrant and dictator. I know what the world government agenda is. It is all about world depopulization. That is their agenda and that is why the world suffers along with the Syrian people watching them being destroyed on a daily basis. Assad will burn in hell if he does not repent before God. Have mercy on his soul and all Government bodies around the world who are allowing this to go on!They have blood on their hands as well.

Oct 21, 2013 6:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Aydin1 wrote:
Great work Turkey !!

In Australia people create a lynch mob when a boat load of 20 refugees lands on its shores…

Oct 21, 2013 9:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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