Aid group asks Turkey, Europe to let in people fleeing Islamic State

Turkey should open its borders to some 100,000 people fleeing fighting between rebel groups and the Islamic State in northern Syria, while Europe should begin granting asylum to those escaping the front lines, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says.

"We ask Turkey to show this generosity once again and open its border to those trapped in Azaz," MSF says in a statement, noting that Turkey already hosts 3 million refugees, mostly Syrians.

“Instead of fixating on how to stop refugees from reaching Europe, the EU must work with Turkey to speed up the process of granting asylum to Syrian refugees in Europe, starting with those from Azaz,” according to Pablo Marco, MSF's Middle East operations manager.

The people trapped in the shrinking Azaz corridor are facing "desperate conditions," MSF says.

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