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Turkey/Syria: Border Guards Shoot, Block Fleeing Syrians

Expand A wall along the border between Turkey and Syria is seen in Kilis province, Turkey. © 2018 Reuters (Beirut) – Guards at Turkey’s closed border with Syria are indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning Syrian asylum seekers attempting to cross into Turkey, Human Rights Watch said today. Syrians are fleeing heightened violence in Idlib to seek refuge near the Turkish border, which remains closed to all but critical medical cases. According to the UN, 247,000 Syrians were displaced to the border area between December 15, 2017 and January 15, 2018. Refugees who succeeded in crossing…

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