Thursday, April 4, 2013

Over 190,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey

A total of 191,993 Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Turkey, according to official figures announced Tuesday.

In a written statement, Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said Turkey has set up five tent cities in Hatay, two in Sanliurfa, three in Gaziantep and one each in Osmaniye, Kahramanmaras, Adana and Adiyaman, and also container cities in Kilis, Sanliurfa and Gaziantep.

The Syrian refugees staying in Turkey are provided with lodging, food, health services, security, education and religious services, said the AFAD.

The statement said a total of 285,984 Syrians have so far fled to Turkey after their unrest-ridden home country sank into domestic conflict, and 93,991 of them returned to Syria later.