According to information the Anatolia news agency obtained from the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD), due to the increasing number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Turkey, a new camp is being set up near the town of Karkamış in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria.
The construction of the camp, which is being done by AFAD personnel and a team of officials from the provincial administration, is expected to be completed within the next few days. The camp will be able to accommodate 10,000 people.
A Syrian brigadier general and several other military officers defected and joined 1,280 Syrians who fled overnight from Syria to Turkey, a Turkish official said on Tuesday. Additionally, the Anatolia news agency reported that 525 people had crossed the border into Turkey late on Monday, including a general and four colonels. The official stated that these latest defections have brought the number of Syrian generals in Turkey to 18, including one who is retired.