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Amid Squalor and Fear on Turkish Border, Syrians Make Plea for Safe Zone

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So many Syrians have shown up along the Turkish border, hoping to cross and enter a refugee camp, that Turkey is calling on the international community to create a safe zone for them inside Syria.

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Past Member (0)
Friday August 31, 2012, 3:39 am
"A safe zone along the border would offer Turkey a place to redirect refugees, but a number of political complications make the formation of such an area unlikely – a reality all too familiar for thousands of beleaguered Syrian refugees unable to enter Turkey or escape the violence in Syria.

“The safe zone is a dream. It will not happen. The world is against us,” says Abdul Qadir Haj, a former Syrian policeman who fled to a camp near the Bab al-Salama border crossing into Turkey, a short drive from Aleppo. The camp is now home to about 5,000 refugees.

In just the past two weeks, the refugee issue has exploded in Turkey and Jordan, the other major recipient of Syrian refugees. Previously Turkey received about 400 to 500 Syrians each day, but those numbers have recently climbed to as many as 5,000 per day, according to the UN."

Teresa W. (764)
Friday August 31, 2012, 3:59 am

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:43 am
It is one of those situations where it is difficult to know what to do. Each choice could cause more deaths and more suffering. Still, a safety zone seems to be a good option. However, is it going to be respected and enforced?

Robert O. (12)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:09 pm
Thank you Cal.

pam w. (138)
Friday August 31, 2012, 8:11 pm
Alexandra's question is a good one!

WILL it be respected and enforced?

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 3:48 am

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Saturday September 1, 2012, 5:02 am

. (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:17 am
You can't blame Turkey, they have taken in as many as they can handle. Greece last month sent over 30,000 Syrians back.
The saddest line was from a Syrian who used to be a policeman who said:"The world is against us".How said is that statement? How sad, and how close to the truth is it?
This administration doesn't have the nerve to talk to the Russians and Chinese as we have investments in the artillery Assad is using.The world is against us? How about the world is making money off of our misery.

Joy McRonald (148)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 2:50 pm
Thank you.. noted

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 4:08 am
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