September 22, 2014 / 7:55 AM / 6 years ago

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State crossed into Turkey: Deputy PM

A Turkish soldier helps Syrian Kurds with their luggage after they crossed into Turkey, at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants have crossed into Turkey in the past three days and the authorities are preparing for more, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

“We are prepared for the worst scenario, which is an influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees,” Kurtulmus told reporters in the capital Ankara.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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