Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Turkey to open new refugee camp for Syrians

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey is building a new refugee camp for up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, officials said Tuesday, as hundreds more people fled the escalating violence.

Turkey's crisis management center said the camp is being set up near the town of Karkamis, in Gaziantep province on the border with Syria.

The center said the number of refugees sheltering in eight camps along the 566-mile (911-kilometer) border reached almost 43,000 on Tuesday.

State-run Anadolu agency reported that at least 864 people had crossed the border since Monday, including a general and four colonels.

The United Nations says the number of refugees who have sought help in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey has almost tripled since April.

Outside of the 42,682 in Turkey, Jordan has taken in 33,400 refugees, while 30,900 have arrived in Lebanon, and another 7,900 have sought sanctuary in Iraq.


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