Syrian refugee numbers double at Turkey border

    Syrian refugee numbers double at Turkey border

    Feb 6, Damascus: The number of Syrians trying to cross into Turkey amid an upsurge of fighting in northern Syria has nearly doubled, media reports said.

    According to the Turkish official, the governor of the Turkish border province of Kilis said 35,000 refugees had reached the border area - up from an estimated 20,000 on Friday.

    Turkey said that it is prepared to help the refugees but the frontier remains shut. They are fleeing a Syrian government offensive on rebel-held positions near the northern city of Aleppo.

    In the past few days, the Syrian army - backed by Russian air strikes - has made a series of gains around Syria's largest city.

    About 120 fighters on both sides were killed around the town of Ratyan, north of Aleppo, on Friday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

    The Oslo Times


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