Turkish FM denies Yazidis, Turkmen left waiting at border

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu responded to claims made by the Turkish opposition.

Turkish FM denies Yazidis, Turkmen left waiting at border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reassured that no Yazidi or Turkmen fleeing from the advancing Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebels are being made the wait at the border.

Speaking to Turkey's NTV about the latest developments following his meeting with the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) undersecretary Hakan Fidan, ground troops general Hulusi Akar and gendarme commander Servet Yoruk in Ankara, Davutoglu said the situation near the Turkish border was being evaluated.

Thousands of Iraqis, predominantly from the minority Yazidi ethnic group, have fled to the Turkish border to escape, local officials said on Thursday.

Around 150 Yazidis were placed in state residences in Turkey's southeastern Sirnak province and around the nearby city of Batman after crossing the Habur border gate late on Wednesday, the officials said.

Turkey, already housing more than a million refugees from the war in neighbouring Syria, is building a refugee camp in northern Iraq to try to provide aid on the Iraqi side of the border.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was providing intensive humanitarian aid to Iraq.

"Two days ago, a large aid package prepared by (Turkey's disaster management agency) AFAD was thrown from Iraqi helicopters to Sinjar mountains from the air," Davutoglu told LTV news channel on Thursday.

"A mood that suggests Turkey excludes Yazidis is being created, but the truth is to the contrary."


Davutoglu also called those who accuse Turkey of supporting the ISIL rebels 'traitors,' responding to criticisms made by the Turkish opposition regarding the government's handling of 49 Turkish consulate staff being held hostage by the ISIL after being captured during the the ransack of Mosul at the beginning of June.

ISIL rebels extended their gains in northern Iraq on Thursday, seizing three more towns and gaining a foothold near the Kurdish region after the rebels inflicted a humiliating defeat on Kurdish forces in a weekend sweep in the north.

The ISIL also clashed with Kurdish forces on Wednesday in the town of Makhmur near Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish semi-autonomous zone. In the latest advance, its fighters seized Makhmur and the mainly Christian town of Tilkaif, as well as Al Kwair, witnesses said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ağustos 2014, 17:53