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Turkey: Aid trucks head to Syria as Oncupinar border remains shut for refugees01:15

Turkey: Aid trucks head to Syria as Oncupinar border remains shut for refugees

Turkey, Oncupinar border crossing, near Kilis
February 8, 2016 at 08:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of trucks, the majority with Turkish number plates, crossed into Syria at the Oncupinar border crossing, Monday. The aid will reach an estimated 35,000 refugees who are waiting in Syria, hoping to cross into Turkey as they flee a recent escalation of violence in and around Aleppo. The border gate remains closed for refugees.

Turkish aid workers and organisations have also set up several camps on Syrian territory with the latest being completed on Monday. Turkey already shelters some 2.5 million Syrians who have fled the ongoing conflict on its soil.

Refugees are escaping from intense fighting in the Aleppo region, where Syrian government soldiers are battling anti-Assad troops. The embattled city of Aleppo is divided into government-controlled areas and zones controlled by the opposition. On February 4, Syrian armed forces and militias loyal to the Syrian government, successfully lifted the siege by anti-government fighters on the towns of al-Zahraa and Nubl, marking the first major attack north of Aleppo by government forces since Russian air strikes began on September 30.

Turkey: Aid trucks head to Syria as Oncupinar border remains shut for refugees01:15
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Dozens of trucks, the majority with Turkish number plates, crossed into Syria at the Oncupinar border crossing, Monday. The aid will reach an estimated 35,000 refugees who are waiting in Syria, hoping to cross into Turkey as they flee a recent escalation of violence in and around Aleppo. The border gate remains closed for refugees.

Turkish aid workers and organisations have also set up several camps on Syrian territory with the latest being completed on Monday. Turkey already shelters some 2.5 million Syrians who have fled the ongoing conflict on its soil.

Refugees are escaping from intense fighting in the Aleppo region, where Syrian government soldiers are battling anti-Assad troops. The embattled city of Aleppo is divided into government-controlled areas and zones controlled by the opposition. On February 4, Syrian armed forces and militias loyal to the Syrian government, successfully lifted the siege by anti-government fighters on the towns of al-Zahraa and Nubl, marking the first major attack north of Aleppo by government forces since Russian air strikes began on September 30.

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