Syria: Number of refugees in Turkey over 66,000

17 August, 15:23

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, AUGUST 17 - Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) Chairman Fuat Oktay has said that there were more than 66,000 Syrians currently staying in Turkey after fleeing clashes in their country, as Anatolia news agency reports. Speaking to reporters on Friday in Ankara, Oktay said that number of Syrians in the country reached 66,000 following the latest developments in Syria. Stating that there were eight container cities and a tent city in Turkey, Oktay said that those cities were insufficient to host Syrians in the country. "Four new camps are under construction at the moment and they will be erected in 10 days", said Oktay. Oktay stated that Syrian people's cost to Turkey was reaching 300 million USD, adding that they had been declaring for an international assistance for the last 45 days through Turkish Foreign Ministry. Noting that there were several statements which said international assistance would come from United Nations and US sides, Oktay said nothing has come yet.

"It is something beyond Turkey, everybody should take responsibility," Oktay said. (ANSAmed).

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