Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
More than 5,000 refugees have gathered on the Syrian-Turkish border, Turkish IHA news agency reported Feb. 5.
Most of the refugees are inhabitants of the Syrian city of Aleppo, where the country's army conducts military operations with the support of the Russian Air Force.
"At present, thousands of refugees trying to enter Turkey's territory are gathering on the border," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference in London. "This is connected with military operations in the Syrian city of Aleppo."
Davutoglu also accused Russia and Iran of the deaths of civilians in Syria.
The Turkish Prime Minister said that while supporting the Syrian regime, Russia is conducting ethnic cleansing in Syria, including Aleppo, which has a special significance for Turkey.
Currently, Turkey is hosting more than two million Syrian refugees on its territory. The Syrian refugee camps in the country accommodate about 300,000 people. The rest of them are spread across the provinces and cities of Turkey.
In Istanbul alone, there are currently 40,000 refugees from Syria. Ankara has so far spent $8 billion to upkeep the Syrian refugees.