23,000 refugees flee Syria into Turkey's Sanliurfa region

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A Syrian refugee family in southern Turkey in February 2014. Photo: UNHCR

Renewed fighting in northern Syria has pushed more than 23,000 refugees to flee across the border into Turkey's Sanliurfa province; that' according to information received by the UN Refugee Agency from Turkish authorities.

Some 70 per cent are women and children.

People have been allowed through the Akcakale crossing and several points between Sanliurfa and Syria's Raqqa province since 3 June, when fighting erupted.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Most of the new arrivals are Syrians escaping fighting between rival military forces in and around the key border town of Tel Abyad.

The group of refugees fleeing to Akcakale reportedly includes more than 2,000 Iraqis from the cities of Mosul, Ramadi and Falujjah.

Here's William Spindler, Spokesperson for UNHCR.

"UNHCR field staff say most refugees are exhausted and tired and arrive carrying just a few belongings. Some have walked for days. UNHCR has provided over 27000 items of children's clothing, 33000 blankets and 8000 mattresses." (0'16")

Meanwhile, the High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has chosen to spend the upcoming World Refugee Day meeting refugees in Turkey in recognition of its vital role as a host country.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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