Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 1 million: minister

ANKARA Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:29pm EDT

Syrian refugee women stand outside their tents at a refugee camp in Nizip in Gaziantep province, near the Turkish-Syrian border March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Syrian refugee women stand outside their tents at a refugee camp in Nizip in Gaziantep province, near the Turkish-Syrian border March 17, 2014.

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ANKARA (Reuters) - The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told a news conference on Thursday.

Ankara has maintained an "open border" policy to refugees fleeing the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels in Syria.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Toby Chopra)

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REnninga wrote:
According to Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, in addition to the more than 1 million Syrian refugees now in Turkey, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has taken another 1.4 million Syrian refugees into his country which normally has only 8 million in population. One Jordanian refugee camp alone holds more than 600 thousand people, which would make it the second most populous ‘city’ in the entire country. And Jordan is not a wealthy country.

Lebanon and Iraq are also seeing refugees streaming across their borders, and reportedly Israel is also receiving Syrian Christian refugees.

NBC estimated more than 3 million have fled Syria to date, and between 140,000 to 160,000 thousand Syrians have been killed. In my opinion it is no longer a question of whether Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to continue in power, but whether he should be allowed to continue to live. My opinion: He has forfeited that right, due to his crimes against humanity.

Jun 19, 2014 4:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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