1,700 Turkmen flee regime, Russian attacks to Turkey

Published 22.11.2015 23:03
Updated 22.11.2015 23:11
1,700 Turkmen flee regime, Russian attacks to Turkey

Around 1,700 Syrian Turkmen have arrived in southern Turkey over the last three days, a local governor said Sunday, as they flee air strikes carried out by the Assad regime and Russia.

Hatay province Governor Ercan Topaca said 28 injured civilians from the Bayir Bucak border region were among the refugees, one of who had died.

He told a news conference that up to 30,000 inhabitants of the mountainous area could potentially be forced from their homes in attacks on moderate opposition forces and Turkmen and Arab villages.

The Turkmen refugees have been taken in at the Arfali camp, where they had been given aid including tents, blankets, beds, children's clothing, food and medical attention.

Turkmen are a Turkic ethnic group based largely in Syria and Iraq.

Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has left at least 250,000 people dead, according to the UN.

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