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Amnesty report: Turkey struggling to provide for refugees


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Amnesty report: Turkey struggling to provide for refugees

Amnesty International says Turkey is struggling to meet even the most basic needs of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

A report by the human rights organisation highlights what it calls, “the deplorable reluctance of the international community to take meaningful financial responsibility for the crisis”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complained in September about his country getting little assistance in dealing with the catastrophe, which had cost Turkey more than three billion euros.

Amnesty International researcher Andrew Gardner
told reporters about stories he had heard detailing abuses at the border between Syria and Turkey.

“We heard stories of people telling us ‘We tried to enter Turkey, I tried in the same day, three days, I was beaten each time, and the forth time, I only succeeded in getting in to the country’. We’ve also received reports of 17 separate incidents where people have been shot dead by Turkish border guards between December last year and August this year,” said Gardner.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled fierce fighting between ISIL militants and Syrian Kurdish and Peshmerga fighters.

Smoke continued to rise above Kobani on Thursday. The city has been encircled by ISIL militants for more than two months.

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