Turkey spent more than $700 million on Syrian refugees

Turkey, which has a 900-kilometer border with Syria, is hosting half a million refugees from the two-and-a-half year conflict and is braced for a new influx should Western powers strike.

Turkey spent more than $700 million on Syrian refugees

Turkey has spent some $736 million sheltering Syrian refugees as Turkish authorities brace for a likely increase in the nearly half a million refugees who have already fled the country's civil war and sought refuge in Turkey.

Turkey, which has a 900-kilometer border with Syria, is hosting half a million refugees from the two-and-a-half year conflict and is braced for a new influx should Western powers strike.

US President Barack Obama and his European and Middle Eastern allies have blamed Assad for last week's killing of hundreds of civilians and are drawing up plans for punitive military action.

Up to today, Turkey has spent TL 1,143,797,000 on the Syrian refugees, which includes medical services, food and other types of humanitarian aid, according to information released by the Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).

Turkey has emerged as one of Assad's most vocal critics and has been a staunch supporter of the opposition fighters.

Turkey's nearly two dozen camps are home to 200,837 refugees, while the rest live in rented accommodation, mostly in border cities. According to information provided to the İhlas news agency by AFAD, there are five tent camps in Hatay, three in Şanlıurfa, four in Gaziantep, one in Kahramanmaraş, Osmaniye, Adıyaman, Mardin, Malatya and Adana each. Turkey also houses Syrian refugees with two container cities in Kilis and one in Şanlıurfa, Malatya and Gaziantep each.

Up to 330,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey since April 2011, a month after the uprising against the 13-year rule of Assad.

There are 15,401 Syrian refugees staying in Hatay province and a further 32,519 in Gaziantep, 32,224 in Kilis, 67,721 in Şanlıurfa, 14,957 in Kahramanmaraş, 4,487 in Osmaniye, 9,979 in Adıyaman, 10,167 in Adana, 2,233 in Mardin and 6,476 in Malatya.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ağustos 2013, 13:10

Muhammed Öylek

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