World Bulletin / News Desk
About 2,500 people fleeing violence in Syria have entered Turkey over the past 24 hours, a Turkish official and Syrian opposition sources said on Tuesday, one of the highest daily refugee flows of recent weeks.
Most of the refugees crossed into the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay, which juts into Syrian territory. Turkey is now sheltering close to 70,000 Syrian refugees and is struggling to accommodate the influx.
Hundreds more refugees, mostly from Syria's Idlib and Aleppo provinces, were stuck on the Syrian side of the border and had been told to wait until tomorrow to cross because of the large numbers, Syrian opposition sources said.
"The countryside north of Aleppo was considered a safe haven but random army shelling on it in recent days is making the refugees who had fled there flee again to Turkey," said Ahmad al-Sheikh, a Syrian activist helping the refugees.
Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday that the country would be able to accommodate no more than 100,000 refugees and that the United Nations may need to create a "safe zone" within Syria to shelter any beyond that number.
The Turkish incursion into Turkey is regarded to be one of the key points of disagreement between Turkey and the U.S.
Hulusi Akar scheduled to meet Russia's Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Ankara on Friday
Car-bomb attack hits checkpoint close to riot police unit in Cizre
Cavusoglu says there is 'no change' in Turkey's ambitions to join the EU
Personnel escorting CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu come under fire in northeastern Turkey; 3 wounded, 2 critically
Incident in Hakkari province leaves another police officer, four soldiers injured
The openings of bridges across the Bosphorus -- the first in 1973 and the second in 1988 -- have been landmark dates in the modern history of Istanbul.
Secretary of State John Kerry tells Turkey extremist groups has begun withdrawal to east of river
Health minister said that Turkish military’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria has been 'very successful'
Nearly 300 young Muslims from 56 countries gather in Turkey and back the country's democracy
'Our NATO allies in Turkey have made valuable contributions to the counter-ISIL campaign,' White House says
A delegation from the US has ended their two day talks saying talks were positive
General assembly of Turkish Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors convenes in Ankara in wake of July 15 coup bid
Main opposition Republican People's Party urges government to fight against ISIL inside and outside Turkey
PKK extremists detonate roadside bomb during army operation in Bingol, source says