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Refugees on Syrian border stage hunger strike


Refugees on Syrian border stage hunger strike

Refugees housed in temporary camps in northern Syria are urging Turkey to allow more of them over the border.

Some at a camp near the northern town of Atma say they have gone on hunger strike in protest.

The heavily-fortified Turkish border is just a few metres away.

“We are going on hunger strike until the Turkish authorities open the border permanently to let us through,” said a refugee spokesman, “it is not fair that only a limited number are allowed to pass, maybe a couple of hundred a week.”

The refugees say living conditions in the camp of 5,000 are becoming intolerable. Turkey has registered more than 90,000 Syrian refugees and the number is growing. Three more camps are being set up under a revised response plan.