Refugee life grows desperate in Turkey border

    Refugee life grows desperate in Turkey border

    Feb 8, Ankara: Thousands of Syrian refugees that have fled their home country have entered Turkey’s Kilis border region. Turkish aid workers have been setting up tents and distributing supplies for them kept from entering Turkey at the border.

    Some 35,000 people fled the government offensive in the Aleppo area last week entered the Kilis border region. The country already shelters more than 2.5 million refugees from Syria's war.

    But Turkey has so far closed the border to most of them despite appeals by EU leaders to let them cross.

    Many Syrians have gone on to seek asylum in the EU and made up the largest group among more than one million refugees and other migrants who entered illegally last year, mainly by sea from Turkey, media reports said.

    According to the reports, heavily injured people are coming across, those we spoke to saying Turkey must open the border.

    The EU is also giving mixed messages, calling one day for Turkey to allow in those fleeing persecution but the next voicing frustration that Turkey is not doing enough to stem the refugee flow to Europe. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Ankara on Monday to talk it through. It could be a messy discussion.

    The Oslo Times


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