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Syrian Refugees in Turkey Now Number 150,000

Jan. 8, 2013

A. Tagiyeva, Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan

The number of Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey has reached 150,000, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Beshir Atalay said on Tuesday, TRT Haber reports.

Syrian refugees are mostly located in the provinces of Sanliurfa, Hatay and Gaziantep.

Besides Turkey, Syrian refugees are also placed in the neighboring Arab countries -- Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for more than a year and half.

According to UN human rights commissioner, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria exceeds 60,000. More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.



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