Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Elvan has said that Syrian babies who were born in Turkey have exceeded 150,000 as humanitarian crisis increasingly becomes unbearable in the country since the brutal civil war began in 2012.
“The total number of Syrians living in Turkey have exceeded 2.7 million. The number of Syrian babies who were born in Turkey have also reached almost 152,000,” Elvan said during a speech in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.
“Turkey has been doing its best in order to shoulder large part of this humanitarian disaster,” Elvan stated adding that his country has been hosting the greatest number of refugees in the world.
In addition, he underlined that more than half of the Syrian refugees have been living in Turkey since the Syrian conflict have become more untenable.
Ankara has repeatedly chastised the international community for not doing more in the face of Syria's massive displacement crisis, as more than half of the country's population have reportedly been forced from their homes through fighting.
Elvan reiterated that call today, urging the world nations, including the West to "act in line with principles of burden sharing" on the Syrian humanitarian crisis.
“The conflict in the collapsed state of Syria has been continuing to threaten the peace and stability of the whole region,” he added.
Turkey has spent nearly $10 billion of its own resources on the refugees and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that the country would maintain its open door policy though the number of refugees in Turkey has kept increasing.
"We supported our Syrian brothers who were exposed to cruelty from the first day and we continue to support them today,” Davutoglu said in a televised address.
“Turkey has kept its doors open to all mistreated Syrians since March 2011 without making a distinction between their religion, language or ethnic background,” he stressed.