UNHCR calls Turkey to open border for Syrian refugees

    UNHCR calls Turkey to open border for Syrian refugees

    Feb 9, Ankara: The United Nations' Refugee Agency has called on Turkey to open the border to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing a government offensive in Aleppo province, who are stranded near the Bab al-Salam crossing, local media report said.

    UNHCR spokesman William Spindler in an interview with Al Jazeera on Tuesday praised Ankara for allowing in a number of wounded refugees and for providing humanitarian assistance to those on the Syrian side of the crossing.

    Turkey is delivering food, water and equipment to build tents to refugees across the border. It has said that it will let them in only "if necessary" under emergency situations.

    Turkey is already hosting 2.5 million refugees which has inflicted a "huge strain" on the country's economy, and called on the international community to assist Ankara in handling the burgeoning crisis.

    The Oslo Times


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