Number of Syrians to flee to Turkey nears 40,000

The Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) has said »»

The Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) has said there are currently 38,914 Syrians refugees in Turkey who have fled the clashes in their country.

In a written statement released on Friday, AFAD indicated that the Syrian refugees staying in Turkey are in the Altınozu, Yayladağı, Reyhanlı, Apaydın and Karbeyaz towns of the southern province of Hatay as well as in the southern provinces of Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep and Kilis.

AFAD explained that the Syrian citizens taking shelter in Turkey have been provided with lodging; food; health; security; social activities; education; and religious, translation and communications services.

AFAD said that 1,152 Syrians entered Turkey on July 12 and 13 and 292 returned to Syria under their own free will on both days. The statement added that from the outbreak of unrest in Syria until July 13, a total of 63,655 Syrian refugees had entered Turkey and 24,751 had chosen to return to their country.

Currently, there are 9,588 Syrian refugees in Hatay; 6,099 in Gaziantep province; 11,420 in Kilis; and 11,545 in Şanlıurfa province, according to AFAD.

There are 262 Syrians, including 26 companions, staying at various Turkish hospitals and receiving medical treatment, the statement added.

A total of 4,511 Syrian children and youth who had to flee their country are being provided with preschool, primary and secondary education in Turkey.

Syrians are provided three meals a day, AFAD noted.


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