Turkey Overloaded With Syrian Refugees, Tries To Send Them Back
The government of Turkey is trying to send back Syrian refugees as it said the situation in the camps is nearing a dangerous situation.
Turkey has seen a dramatic increase in refugees cross its border hoping to find safety from the war torn violence in Syria where government forces continue their attacks on civilians. It says about 1,000 refugees are arriving daily.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested a safe zone could be established along the border, as refugees numbers rise. The Turkish foreign ministry said consular services in Damascus would end at the end of office hours next Thursday, but the consulate in the second city of Aleppo would remain open.
It has been one year since protestors started their "Arab Spring" campaign against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and the U.N. estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 civilians have died under government bombardments and state security forces who torture residents.
Meanwhile, former U.N. leader and current envoy for the U.N. and the Arab League Kofi Annan has reported his findings to the security council of his recent visit to Syria and talks with al-Assad which appeared to have gone nowhere. Annan is trying to set up another round of international observers in Syria, but without the support or agreement of al-Assad, it would need to come as a mandated resolution from the security council.