Close to three thousand refugees fled Syria due to the government’s offensive and tried to find their way to Turkey.
However, Turkey has closed its border to most of them. It has done so despite the many pleas from the European Union to the country to let them in.
So far, the country has a population of 2.5 million Syrian refugees as a result of the war in Syria.
Most of the Syrians have sought for asylum in the EU. They make the largest group of immigrants who have illegally entered, in most cases via sea from Turkey.
Turkey is caught between two challenges; reduce the number of refugees getting into Europe and also provide the basic needs to the refugees that are running away from the Syrian war.
The Deputy Prime Minister has clearly said that the refugee absorption capability of Turkey is already over-stretched. But he says that they will allow them into the country.
There is a state of confusion on the Turkey border. The individuals coming in are heavily injured, increasing the calls for the Turkey government to open the border.
The EU on the other hand has a mixed reaction to the situation. At one time it calls on the Turkey government to let in the refugees and the next time it states that Turkey is not doing enough to reduce the flow of refugees into Europe. The planned Monday discussion may turn out messy when the Germany Chancellor Merkel Angela visits Ankara to talk out the issue.
The Syrian army, in the few days that have passed, has gained a lot around Aleppo, the largest city in Syria. Air strikes by Russia back the army.
The focus of the aid officials is to ensure the camps on the side of Syria get aid. Their efforts are being extended into Syria so that the affected can get food, shelter and medical care. That is according to what a Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation informed Reuters news agency. Their target is to see that all the refugees get comfortable even if they are still on the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border.
There are both newly and old erected tents at Bab al-Salama, Syria.
One of the refugees that spoke to Reuters said that they are fleeing into Turkey with even month-old children so as to be safe. He further added that initially, the Turkish President treated the Syrians in a brotherly manner. But now that the border is closed, the fleeing women, children and men have lacked a place to go to. It will be impossible for them to head back to their homes.
Summary of the Syrian and Aleppo war
March 2011: Protests against the govt in Syria; Aleppo is not touched because it was under state crackdown.
February 2012: The rebellion becomes chaotic, and clashes between the govt and the rebels escalate
July 2012: The start of the Aleppo battle is witnessed. The city gets divided.
2013: the government bombards the rebel districts
September 2015: Russia intervenes in the war, and Syria begins a fresh offensive
February 2016: the government takes control of North Aleppo towns and makes threats to encircle the entire city
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