AFAD: number of Syrians in Turkey reaches 17,895.
March 30 2012 (TUR) -- Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster &
Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) stated that the number of Syrian
citizens taking shelter in Turkey reached 17,895. Turkey is providing
shelter, food, health, security, education, communication and religious
services to Syrians who escaped from the clashes in their country and
took shelter in Turkey, noted AFAD. AFAD stated that 296 Syrians crossed
in Turkey today and yesterday. So far, 32,643 Syrian citizens have
crossed in Turkey. Meanwhile, the number of Syrian citizens, who have
also taken shelter in Lebanon and Jordan, is at least 80,000. The wave
of "Arab Spring" reached Syria on March 15, 2011 and Syrian
people started to protest the government in a small southern city. The
government responded with heavy-handed force, and demonstrations quickly
spread across much of the country. Thousands of people are reported to
be killed in ongoing protests in Syria so far.
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