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Turkey wants 'UN safe havens' inside Syria to stem refugee tide

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Turkey wants 'UN safe havens' inside Syria to stem refugee tide

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Refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria continue to head to neighbouring Turkey.

Turkish authorities say as many as 9,000 Syrians have arrived today on the Syrian side of the border and are awaiting accommodation.

Ankara has introduced temporary measures to stem the migrations until new camps are erected to house them.

Construction of a new centre is currently underway in the south eastern province of Osmaniye which will accommodate 10,000 people.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has put a limit on 100,000 displaced persons and has called on the UN to create ‘safe havens’ inside Syria.

As many as 70,000 Syrians have already sought refuge inside Turkey.