Fresh wave of refugees

CILVEGOZU, Turkey – The Turkish Red Crescent does not expect a fresh wave of Syrian refugees to head for Turkey after the chemical attack in the northwestern province of Idlib earlier this week, the humanitarian organisation’s head said on Saturday.

Kerem Kinik also told Reuters that a new refugee camp was being prepared in Jarablus, the Syrian border town that Turkey-backed fighters last year took from Islamic State militants.

Turkey is hosting some 3 million Syrian refugees, which Ankara says is the world’s largest refugee population. It has also set up refugee camps on the Syrian side of the border, where it is providing aid. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the West should do more to help Turkey shoulder the humanitarian burden.

“Those who wanted to leave their country have already done so, and others are trying to cling on to life inside,” Mr Kinik said.

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