Turkey opens border for injured Syrian refugees

Turkey has opened its border with Syria to allow injured refugees to enter, a spokesman for the aid organization IHH tells dpa by telephone.

The wounded are being treated in Turkish hospitals, says Mustafa Ozbek of the IHH, which is close to the Turkish government. The border crossing remains closed to all others.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told Anadolu news agency on Monday that as many as 600,000 new refugees could make their way to the border "in a worst case scenario."

"Our first goal is to host these refugees outside of Turkey," Kurtulmus said.

Last update: Tue, 09/02/2016 - 19:12
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