August 13, 2012 / 2:05 PM / 7 years ago

Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey nears 60,000: government

Suleiman El Leban, 21, an injured Syrian refugee, rests on his bed as he undergoes rehabilitation at a post traumatic care centre directed by Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organizations (UOSSM) in Hatay province August 13, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

REYHANLI, Turkey (Reuters) - More than 4,000 people fleeing violence in Syria have entered neighboring Turkey in the past three days, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees there to 59,710, Turkish authorities said on Monday.

At the end of July, some 44,000 Syrian refugees had been registered in Turkey.

Battles rage in the northern city of Aleppo, where tanks, artillery and snipers attacked rebels in the Saif al-Dawla district next to the devastated area of Salaheddine.

Turkish officials are concerned about a possible flood of refugees from the city.

The conflict has created a refugee crisis in Turkey and other neighbouring countries. Opposition sources say at least 18,000 people have been killed since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

Reporting by Alexandra Hudson and Daren Butler; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo

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