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UN estimates 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey


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UN estimates 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey

The UN’s humanitarian chief, Baroness Amos said on Sunday the real number of Syrian refugees in Turkey is far higher than estimated.

She was visiting a refugee camp set up in a school in the Turkish border town of Suruc.

“In the nearly four years of this crisis, 900,000 people have been registered as refugees here in Turkey. The reality is that numbers nearer to 1.6 million,” Amos said.

The Syrian border town of Kobani has been described as a ghost town. The UN says only around 700 people are left with most residents living in refugee camps in Turkey as ISIL battle to seize control of the town.

US-led airstrikes have had some effect in halting ISIL’s advance.

On Saturday mortar shells from the fighting also landed in Turkey in the Suruc district – according to the Anadolu Agency.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that US-led forces bombing ISIL in Syria had killed 10 civilians.

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