3000 refugees from Syria
After Syrian government forces bombed Raqqa province, a northern city 90 kilometers from Syria’s Turkey border, almost 3,000 Syrians entered Turkey through the Akçakale border gate in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa on August 12 - a record number in a single day. The Syrians who were taken onto Turkish soil after being subjected to checks have stated that they couldn't even find a piece of bread to feed themselves and fleeing to Turkey was their only chance to survive. The new arrivals will reportedly be sent to a new refugee camp built in Şanlıurfa’s Viranşehir district. Turkey currently hosts around 500,000 Syrian refugees inside and outside the camps. Upon the new Syrian influx, a crisis desk was set up in cooperation with the District Governorate and Disaster & Emergency Management Agency.