Officials Report: Over 2,500 Syrians Cross into Turkeyإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
More than 2,500 Syrians fled to Turkey overnight amid escalating clashes in Syria, a Turkish official told Agence France Presse on Friday.
The latest arrivals brought the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey to some 53,000, said the official from the country's Disaster and Emergency Administration.
The official declined to give an exact number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, saying that people continued to arrive and the security measures taken at the gates were slowing down entries.
Turkish news channel NTV reported that some 3,000 refugees were lined up at the border gates because of lack of space in Turkish camps to accommodate the newcomers.
Speaking to AFP, the Turkish official denied the NTV reports and said there were two other camps in the Sanliurfa and Gaziantep provinces near the Syrian border to accommodate the refugees.
"We have camps in the Akcakale and Karkamis towns near the border which are each able to host 10,000 Syrians," said the official.
There has been a marked increase this week in the number of refugees making their way to Turkey amid the battle between regime forces and rebels for Syria's northern city of Aleppo.
Turkey is sheltering some 53,00 refugees in its camps in the southern part of the country and also providing sanctuary to Syrian military defectors in a separate camp near the border where security is tighter.