Top officials of Turkish and Syrian relief organizations met Friday in Istanbul after the mass influx of Syrians who have fled to neighboring Turkey to escape violence in their country.
Turkish Red Crescent Chairman Tekin Kucukali said his Syrian counterpart Abdul Rahman Attar was in Turkey to offer help regarding Syrian nationals who had taken shelter on Turkish side of the frontier. However, Kucukali said Turkish Red Crescent rejected Syria's offer.
Almost 9,700 Syrian people crossed into Turkey in last couple of weeks to find shelter in Turkey. Syrians are staying at five tent-sites set up by Turkish Red Crescent along the border.
"We have met all needs of these people," Kucukali said. "We have also taken special care of children, women and patients."
(Syrian refugees perform Friday noon prayers at a Red Crescent camp in the Boynuyogun village in Hatay, Turkey, on 17 June.)
Kucukali also said, "They are our friends forever. They have some troubles in their country but we think all these troubles will go away."
For his part, Abdul Rahman Attar, head of Syrian Red Crescent, said that he was thankful to Turkey for all the services provided for Syrian citizens.
"We have always seen them coming for help when we were in need," Attar said. "I am here to see if we can help Turkish Red Crescent."
Attar added that his meeting with Kucukali also discussed what could be done if Syrian people wanted to return to their homes.
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