EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees trapped in border

    EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees trapped in border

    Feb 7, Ankara: Officials in the EU have urged Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border at Kilis after fleeing fighting, media reports said.

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said there was a moral, if not legal, duty to provide protection.

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that his country would keep its "open border policy" for the refugees, adding that 5,000 of them have already been allowed into Turkey.

    Another 50,000 to 55,000 are on their way and we cannot leave them there.

    Turkey says the refugees are receiving food and shelter inside Syria and there is no need to allow them to cross.

    About 35,000 Syrians have fled a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held positions near Aleppo.

    Suleyman Tapsiz also told reporters at the Oncupinar border crossing near Kilis that another 70,000 Syrians could be expected if Russian air strikes and military advances by the Syrian government continued.

    The Oslo Times


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