More than 200,000 Syrians have fled the savage civil war ripping apart their homeland this year. Now 10,000 are waiting to enter Turkey.
More than 200,000 Syrians have fledthe savage civil war ripping apart their homeland over the past year, with 10,000 waiting to enter Turkey.
All nine Turkish refugee camps along the border at this point are full, and authorities have been scrambling to build four more in order to hold the remaining 20,000 refugees the country is willing to accept.
Meanwhile, at least 10,000 of those are still stuck on the Syrian side of the border, with Turkey’s Red Crescent organization providing services while they wait to cross over.
One official added that Turkey has tightened its criteria for acceptance as well, and is carrying out more stringent security checks on those entering the country, in order toscreen out potential Kurdish rebels who might add to Ankara’s headaches with Kurdish separatists.
In addition, there are concerns that foreign radical Islamist jihadists may be using the porous Turkish border to move in and out of Syria as well.