Over 20 thousand refugees flees northern Syrian into Turkey

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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imgMore than 23,000 refugees fleeing fighting in northern Syria have crossed into Turkey, the United Nations refugee agency said on June 16, quoting Turkish authorities.

Syrian Kurdish-led forces said they had captured a town at the Turkish border from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 15, driving it away from the frontier in an advance backed

by U.S.-led air strikes.

“Most of the new arrivals are Syrians escaping fighting between rival military forces in and around the key border town of Tel Abyad, which was controlled by militants and faces Akçakale across the border,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a Geneva briefing.

The figure includes more than 2,183 Iraqis from the cities of Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah, he added.

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