Number of Syrian Refugees in Turkey Grows to over 600 000
The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has grown to more than 600,000, according to the Turkish disaster management agency.
Over 400,000 of the refugees are living outside the refugee camps set up predominantly in Turkish border cities, the agency said, according to international media.
Turkey has said it will maintain its "open door" policy to those fleeing the Syrian civil war, now in its third year, although it has closed border crossings from time to time following clashes near the frontier.
The country is one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's fiercest critics and a staunch supporter of the rebels fighting against him.
Over seven million Syrians, or almost one-third of the population, have been displaced by the country's civil war since March 2011. About two million of them have fled to neighboring countries.
Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, may have to provide shelter for as many as 11,000 refugees by year end, according to Bulgarian authorities.
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