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Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 152,000

English.news.cn   2013-01-07 22:53:15            

ANKARA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- A total of 152,051 Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Turkey after fleeing clashes in their country, a Turkish official statement said Monday.

Turkey has set up five tent cities in Hatay, two in Sanliurfa, three in Gaziantep and one each in Osmaniye, Kahramanmaras and Adiyaman and one container city in Kilis, according to the statement issued by the Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

The statement said the Syrians staying in Turkey were provided with lodging, food, health services, security, social activities, education, religious services, translation services and communications.

It said that 215,138 Syrians fled to Turkey so far and 63,087 of them returned to Syria.

Syria is in a dire situation due to a political crisis which started in March 2011 and has since spilled over and affected neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq with refugees streaming in.

Editor: yan
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