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Turkey begs for help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 9:07 PM

The UN refugee agency says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border in recent days.



The UNHCR said this was the largest influx in such a short period since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.



The Kurdish refugees are fleeing an advance by Islamic State (IS) militants, who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months.



IS fighters are reported to be closing in on the Syrian town of Kobane.



Even before the latest influx, Turkey was struggling to cope with more than a million Syrian refugees who have crossed into its territory since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began more than three years ago.



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