Ankara (Turkey) (AFP) – Around 30,000 Syrians are at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russia-backed regime offensive on the northern region of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Syria rebels under pressure as displaced mass on the border AFP
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With his country facing mounting pressure to open its border, Davutoglu said the refugees would be admitted if need be, although Turkey should not be expected “to shoulder the refugee issue alone.”
“Around 30,000 Syrians have now massed,” the border with northwestern Syria which remains closed, he told a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Davutoglu, whose country is hosting 2.7 million Syrian refugees, said Turkey would take refugees “if necessary.”