4,500 Turkmen refugees arrive in Turkey at first step

Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) head Ahmet Lutfi Akar announced on Friday that 4,500 Turkmens living in the Bayirbucak area near Turkey’s Yayladagi border gate with Syria came to Turkey due to heavy clashes.

Syrian forces — supported by Russian air and land forces — started a military ground operation in Bayirbucak this week, where there are about 50 Turkmen villages, and have been pounding the mountainous area where Turkmens live. Turkmens are an ethnic Turkic group living mostly in Syria and Iraq, along with Arabs and Kurds.

Akar stated that they began to build a camp and delivering humanitarian aid for the refugees when he visited Yayladagi district of Hatay province near Syrian border. “We are here now. We should nit distort our aim. Here, we hear gunshots. Clashing people are the people who were displaced as well. Their families are trying to survive at Yamadi camps. Now it is time to help them. 4,500 people came at first step and we know there are 15,000 people who are on way,” said Akar.

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