Turkey closes border with Syria “for security concerns”

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Syrian displaced civilians blocked by Turkish border guards. File photo

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Aleppo, Syria – As violence intensified  around Aleppo, the Turkish authorities closed two crossings on Wednesday in the southern province of Hatay at the Syrian border for security concerns. 

The border crossings of Oncupinar and Cilvegozu were closed, and the Turkish border guards reportedly prevented dozens of Syrians from entering Turkey. 

“Turkey has some security concerns and it is natural for measures to be taken based on the threat assessment conducted. This is what is also expected by the international community,” a Turkish official told Reuters, without specifying when those crossings would be reopened. 

According to the Turkish government, the movement of humanitarian aid’s vehicles won’t be affected by the crossing’s closure.

Turkish officials also confirmed that Syrians who hold valid passports will still be able to enter Syria from Turkey.  

 

Reporting by: Ciwan Hemo

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