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Escaping New Wave of Violence, Syrian Refugees March to Turkish Border 09 February 2016

Escaping New Wave of Violence, Syrian Refugees March to Turkish Border

Regime assaults and airstrikes in Northwestern Syria trigger new refugee wave as Turkey welcomes more than 3600 refugees.

Hatay, 1 February 2016 – Russian airstrikes and regime attacks against the Yamadi refugee camp near the Turkish-Syrian border displaced thousands of predominantly Turkmen families, the first of whom entered Turkey on 29 January. Within four days, the number of arrivals reached 3648.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) coordinates Turkey’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Northwestern Syria. Under AFAD’s coordination, newly arriving refugees are registered and transferred to designated housing centers upon request. While the Turkish Red Crescent provides emergency supplies, the Ministry of Health continues to provide medical care to the sick and wounded.

Since 2011, AFAD delivered more than TL500,000,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Syrian Turkmen community.

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