UN: Turkey-Syria border closing to commerce, not refugees

July 25, 2012, Wednesday/ 12:02:00

Turkish authorities have told the UN refugee agency that its borders with Syria will close to commercial traffic but remain open for Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict, a UNHCR spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"We've received assurances that it is staying open. The border is closed for all commercial traffic in both directions, that is what we heard from the Turkish government," Sybella Wilkes, spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said.

Earlier, an official from the Turkish Customs and Trade Ministry told Reuters that all Turkey's border gates with Syria are to be closed from Wednesday, in response to worsening security conditions.